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North River Game Lands Grows 6,000 Acres

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has purchased 6,310 additional acres for public use adjacent to its 20,318-acre North River Game Land in Camden and Currituck counties.

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The state Wildlife Resources Commission will own and manage the land under its Game Lands Program, which features 2 million acres of public and private lands used for public hunting, trapping and fishing. Under the agency’s management, the water quality and wildlife habitat is to be protected and provide the public with access to hunting, research and recreational opportunities.

The purchase of the Hubbard-Pinkerton tract came after a donation by Ducks Unlimited and the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund.

“We are very thankful for Enviva Forest Conservation Fund and Ducks Unlimited for this innovative agreement to pursue conservation of our critical forested wetland habitats on the North River,” said U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities Senior Vice President Alicia Cramer in a statement. “These projects ensure viable forests are secure habitats for a wide variety of bird species, Atlantic white cedar and a mixed variety of pine and hardwood trees.”

“DU is proud to be a part of this collaborative effort of organizations working together to complete these projects, which have a direct and positive impact on numerous wildlife species and habitats,” said DU’s Acting Chief Conservation Officer Craig LeSchack. “This partnership will be a catalyst for several important habitat restoration projects that would have otherwise not been possible. This funding is crucial to the success of our conservation efforts in North Carolina.”

The purchase also used a combination of funds awarded from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant program and the Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson) fund.

One of two scheduled purchases of properties along North Carolina’s North River, the purchase of the Hubbard-Pinkerton tract, an expansive forested wetland, marsh and river-front property on the North River in Camden County, was aided with the support of the landowner, Coastal Forest Resources.

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The story was compiled by staff members of Coastal Review Online.