Conserving Programs

Make a selection below to learn about conservation programs sponsored by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Beaver Management Assistance Program (BMAP)
The BMAP helps to educate the public and participating landholders about the best strategies for managing beaver damage. 

Caring for Aquatics Through Conservation Habits (CATCH)
North Carolina CATCH (Caring for Aquatics Through Conservation Habits) is an aquatic resources education program that provides workshop training to adults to enable them to work with youth in discovering aquatic environments through learning activities, educational materials, aquatic field trips and fishing experiences. The CATCH program targets 12-year-olds in terms of reading level, program concepts and skills. However, it can be integrated into lessons and activities for youth from ages 8-15. 

Community Fishing Program
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. 

Cooperative Upland-habitat Restoration and Enhancement (CURE)
The CURE Program aims to increase habitat and improve small game and songbird populations on private and public land.

Deer Cooperator Programs

The primary objective of CDMAP is to reduce or maintain deer numbers in residential or other highly-developed areas to minimize human-deer conflicts while preserving or improving herd health.

The DMAP offers landowners or hunt clubs options in managing deer herds on their property or leases. 

Game Lands Programs
Some 2,000,000 acres of public and private lands in North Carolina are managed for public hunting, trapping and fishing. 

Green Growth Toolbox
The Green Growth Toolbox is a technical assistance tool designed to help communities conserve high quality habitats alongside new homes, workplaces, and shopping centers. 

Habitat Conservation Program
The Habitat Conservation Program protects, manages and conserves aquatic, wetland and upland habitats for the benefit of fish and wildlife populations.
NCPARC is North Carolina’s own chapter of the successful world-wide organization Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. Like our parent organization, NCPARC unifies members from all walks of life under one banner; that of the conservation of amphibians and reptiles and their habitats. We the members of NCPARC hail from academia, state and federal agencies, research facilities, nature education centers, land trusts, municipalities, zoos, veterinary fields, forest products industries, energy cooperatives, conservation organizations, herpetological societies, pet trade industries, museums, and even your own neighborhoods. We welcome everyone with an interest in herpetofauna, in conservation, in nature, or in all these combined to join our ranks and help us make a difference for the persistence of healthy amphibian and reptile populations in our state. 

N.C. Wildlife Action Plan
North Carolina's plan for wildlife conservation under the State Wildlife Grants program.

Private Lands Program Contact Information

  • District Wildlife Biologist - These biologists are well-versed in many facets of wildlife management and serve as the primary contact for the NCWRC Division of Wildlife Management in their respective district.
  • Technical Assistance Biologist - Forest Stewardship Program - The Forest Stewardship Technical Assistance Biologists (TABs) primary responsibility is to work with landowners to develop comprehensive forest management plans with wildlife as the primary focus. Landowners interested in managing their forested lands for multi-use resources including timber production, wildlife habitat, soil and water quality improvements, recreational opportunities, and aesthetics can seek guidance from one of these biologists.
  • Technical Assistance Biologist - Wildlife Habitat Program - These Technical Assistance Biologists (TABs) integrate wildlife management principles into land management practices used on private lands in North Carolina. They lead Agency efforts to identify suitable sites and implement early successional wildlife management through the Cooperative Upland habitat Restoration and Enhancement Program (CURE) and deliver the agency's programs directed toward habitat management on private lands throughout the state.

Safe Harbor Program
The NC Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) Safe Harbor program is designed to encourage and facilitate restoration and enhancement of RCW nesting and foraging habitat on non-federal lands and help private landowners by removing some of the regulatory restrictions imposed by the Federal Endangered Species Act.

Tackle Loaner Program
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. 

Wildlife Diversity Program
Many nongame species, including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, snails, mussels, and fish, are common and can be seen or heard in your own backyard. Other nongame animals, such as bald eagles and peregrine falcons, were, at one time, considered endangered, but now soar high in the sky, thanks in part to the work conducted by Wildlife Diversity Program biologists.

Wildlife Friendly Development Certification Program

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.

Wildlife Land Conservation Program
This document serves as an explanation of the landowner requirements for the Wildlife Conservation Lands reduced assessment program. This program was introduced in House Bill 1889, established by the passage of Session Law 2008-171 (Appendix I), and codified as G.S. 105-277.15.

WISe Horticulture and Woods Program
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.

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