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Hunting Permit System Proposed for Reserve

BEAUFORT — People are invited to comment on a proposal for a public hunting permit system for the Rachel Carson Reserve.

The meeting, set for 6 p.m. March 9 at the Beaufort Train Depot, 614 Broad St., is being hosted by the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and The National Estuarine Research Reserve. These programs of the Division of Coastal Management have preserved more than 42,000 acres of coastal environment.

Representatives from the Rachel Carson Reserve will present the proposed permit system intended to balance the needs of hunters and the reserve. Input from the public is meant to guide the management for the areas at the reserve currently open for hunting.

“Public input is very important to us,” said Paula Gillikin, manager of the Rachel Carson Reserve. “We would like to hear from all users of the reserve and anyone else who is interested in how the property is managed.”

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission staff will be on hand to address concerns about the proposed hunting program.

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