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for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 63 Issue 7, July 1999
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A proposal by Wisconsin Tissue to build a $180 million paper mill on the Roanoke River near Weldon has raised environmental concerns among biologists, environmentalists, and fishermen. The planned discharge of 9 million gallons of wastewater per day into the river threatens the river's booming striped bass population, which was declared recovered in 1997. A number of species also live next to the mill site. Wisconsin Tissue will submit an environmental impact study.
The red-cockaded woodpecker has been on the endangered species list since 1970. In 1999, the North Carolina Department of Transportation purchased 9,732 acres in northeastern Tyrrell County for $16.5 million to establish a preserve. Currently 18 woodpecker colonies live there. The land is heavily forested and fronts the Albemarle Sound and Little Alligator River. Over the next 7 years the department will set aside $175 million for wetlands preservation, stream restoration, and wildlife protection.