North Carolina is blessed with a diverse group of wildlife habitats. They range from Spruce Fur forests, typical of the northern US, in the western mountains to salt marshes and sand dunes on the coast. Eight-six percent of North Carolina lands are privately owned and the landscape is constantly changing. Urbanization and development causes fragmentation and loss of habitats, with habitat loss being the greatest single factor adversely affecting wildlife populations today.
A diverse habitat is one that has a wide range of plant types, vegetation layers, water resources, and edges that provide cover from weather and predators, insects and small mammals for reptiles and amphibians, fruits and nuts for birds and mammals, and places to raise young. The more diverse the habitat, the greater the diversity of wildlife that can live there.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission wants to work cooperatively with private landowners across the state to manage our natural resources. Landowners often desire property that is designed to improve habitat for wildlife species and need technical assistance to accomplish their goals and vision for their property.
Below you will find many technical resources to help guide you on your journey to improving your lands for wildlife. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s biologists are always available to speak to you, visit your property and guide you towards reaching your habitat and wildlife improvement goals.