Wildlife Commission news and notes

Chris FitzsimonNC Policy Watch

April 6, 2013

Wildlife Commission to participate in Nature Day

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be one of several conservation partners hosting a family-friendly Nature Day at the N.C. Zoo’s Nichols Longleaf Preserve on April 13, from 1-4 p.m.

Members of the Greater Uwharrie Conservation Partnership will be on hand to provide guided hikes of the preserve, activities for children and presentations on prescribed fire, local history, wildlife, invasive species and the longleaf pine ecosystem.

The recently protected Nichols Longleaf Preserve has some of the oldest longleafpine in the Piedmont region.

“This is an opportunity to explore an awesome piece of property and see longleaf pines over 200 years old,” said John Isenhour, technical assistance biologist with the Wildlife Commission. “Most folks don’t realize the historic range of longleaf pines extended into the Piedmont, or that a mature stand of longleaf this old exists west of the Sandhills.”

A kick-off event featuring Larry Earley will be held on April 12 from 7-8:30 the Montgomery County Cooperative Extension office. Earley wrote Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest. A meet-and-greet opportunity for landowners and conservation professionals in the greater Uwharrie region is also scheduled.

Space still available for free fishing and kayaking workshop

A few openings remain for the 2ndAnnual Kayak Fish and Float Workshop, which will be held April 13 from 9 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting the free, family-friendly workshop, along with Heroes on the Water and the Great Outdoor Provision Company, which is providing kayaks for participants to use, including smaller, 12-foot fishing kayaks ideal for teens and young adults.

Heroes on the Water, an organization that provides basic kayak fishing instruction, angling clinics and paddling classes for injured, wounded or disabled military personnel, will be selling hot dogs, chips and drinks, with all proceeds supporting kayak fishing outings for wounded service members and veterans.

The workshop will include fishing how-to seminars and demonstrations of popular fishing kayaks. Mark Patterson,of the N.C. Kayak Fishing Association, along with Hobie Kayak Pro Angler Capt. Jerry Dilsaver, will present workshops throughout the day on the following topics:

Kayak Safety and Rigging;

Offshore Fishing for King Mackerel;

Inshore Kayak Fishing for Redfish, Flounder and Speckled Trout; and,

Kayak Fishing for Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish and Carp.

While the workshop is free, pre-registration is required due to limited space. To register, contact Tom Carpenter at 910-868-5003, ext. 15, or

The John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, the only fishing education center of its kind in North Carolina, is located at 7489 Raeford Road in Fayetteville, directly across the street from Lake Rim.