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For up-to-date information on North Carolina licenses, regulations and other wildlife resources, please visit the agency’s website NCWildlife.org.
Local governments, including municipalities and counties, are critical partners for conservation. Expand your involvement.
Information about alligator management options for municipalities, including public education and outreach, nuisance alligator response, and population reduction hunts, can be found under Resources for Municipalities here.
The Green Growth Toolbox is a technical assistance tool for planners, local governments, communities and developers that provides resources and guidance on how to conserve wildlife habitat in land use planning.
Here you will find information about an exciting and new smart-growth collaboration between the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, N.C. Wildlife Federation and the N.C. chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
First-time and novice anglers in North Carolina are encouraged to borrow rods and reels free of charge to join in the fishing fun this year. The loaner rods and reels are provided by various city and county parks statewide and by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission through the Commission's Fishing Tackle Loaner Program (FTLP). The Commission created the Fishing Tackle Loaner Program to introduce North Carolinians, especially children, to fishing and to encourage novice anglers to continue developing their angling skills.
Some of the state's best fishing for channel catfish can be found at any of the 40+ lakes (and one stream) across North Carolina that have been designated Community Fishing Program (CFP) sites. Community Fishing Program sites are intensively managed bodies of water receiving monthly stockings of catchable-sized channel catfish from April-September. In addition, many Community Fishing Program sites feature a handicap-accessible fishing pier and solar-powered fish feeders to make fishing more enjoyable for all anglers. Program sites are ideal for families seeking enjoyable and economical fishing trips. All North Carolina fishing regulations apply.
The Urban Archery Season is available for cities, towns and villages that submit to the Wildlife Resources Commission by April 1 of each year a letter of intent to participate in the season. A map clearly defining the area included in the season should also accompany the letter of intent. Interested municipalities should call the Wildlife Management Division 919-707-0050 and request to be contacted by a district wildlife biologist. The Urban Archery Season does not obligate private landowners to allow hunting on their property, nor does it eliminate the ethical requirement for obtaining permission from the land - owner before hunting. Hunters are legally required to obtain written permission to hunt on posted property.
The WISe (Wildlife Inmate Service) program teaches courses in horticulture to the inmates. The college provides the instructor and NCWRC purchases bare root stock from various sources, including the Division of Forest Resources. All of the species are genetically native to North Carolina. The inmates pot and care for the plants as part of the course. Learn more about this program.
Carolina Herp Atlas (Backyard Science)
N.C. Natural Heritage Program (NHP) Conservation Planning Tool
N.C. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NCPARC)
USFWS South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)