Many resource professionals believe the future of outdoor activities will be directly linked with user behavior and the public’s preconceptions of that behavior. To help shape ethical attitudes toward the environment, programs should educate outdoor users about their environmental responsibilities.
Federal Aid funds have been appropriated to North Carolina for sport fish and wildlife restoration and hunter education programs. The funds come from an excise tax on fishing rods, reels, and artificial baits, lures and flies.
The Pitt County Wildlife Club hosted a North Carolina Wildlife Federation board meeting last November in Greenville. The meeting featured a tour of the Grady White Boat Company, offering the directors a new understanding of modern recreational boat construction.
Trapping is a controversial and frequent target of animal rights organizations. Emotional photographs of trapped animals are often used to sway public opinions. A new argument of economic gain has recently been cited as another reason for banning trapping.
There is increasing debate over outdoor use of public and private lands. Privatization of federal public lands will affect us all but mostly those who wish to use public lands for recreation. The principal argument is that private ownership results in better, more profitable management.
Artificial seaweed planted offshore from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is responsible for a buildup of sand around the historic structure. This indicates successful efforts to protect the area from beach erosion.
The acid rain poll was conducted as part of the Carolina Poll in October 1982. Results indicate that North Carolinians believe acid rain is a serious issue and that they support tighter controls on power plant emissions causing the problem.
Dr. Charles Manooch III is a biologist at the National Marine Fisheries Service, Beaufort Laboratory in North Carolina. He is known for his fisheries conservation work and recently authored a fisherman’s guide to the fishes of the southeastern United States.
Beaver complaints are increasing as beaver populations expand into new territory. The North Carolina Trappers Association helped to establish a new program to assist landowners with control of beavers which cause damage to forestry and agriculture.
Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. keynoted the 38th annual convention of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and presented annual awards. Hunt received the federation’s Conservationist of the Year Award in honor of his support for the non-game tax checkoff legislation and opposition to the sale of National Forest land.
The Dixie Deer Classic is an event created by the Wake County Wildlife Club. Its purpose is to educate and inform the public on management of the whitetail deer. This year’s event featured numerous presentations and seminars by well-known deer experts and wildlife conservationists.
The North Carolina Wildlife Federation established a fund to operate a sea turtle monitoring project along the coast. Loggerhead sea turtles lay eggs at night and their nests are in need of protection. Volunteers can help monitor the nests or contribute to the fund to help continue these efforts.
County wildlife programs in North Carolina involve the cooperation of local citizens, landowners, and government agencies. Each county program is tailored to manage and conserve the local wildlife resources with respect to local interests and needs.
A National Wildlife Federation study released last fall found that North Carolina and other eastern states are extremely vulnerable to the harmful effects of acid rain. In particular, both fisheries resources and the soil were found to be at greatest risk.