Give Your Feedback at Upcoming North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Meetings

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is the state government agency created to conserve and sustain the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. It is also the regulatory agency enforcing N.C. fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws.

Setting rules and policies requires good biological information as well as public input. There are a couple of ways you can be involved in providing input into the policies and rules set by the Commission: 1) attend a public hearing and 2) attend a meeting of the Commission.

Public hearings take place annually in each of the 9 Commission districts. Developed primarily to inform the public of proposed rule changes and gather feedback, public hearings are held throughout the month of September. Visit here for a full schedule, and here for a list of proposed changes.

The Commission is the governing body for the agency. It is comprised of 17 appointed members who meet about five times a year to vote on various issues.  These meetings are open to the public.  Commissioners also comprise 9 committees focusing on issues involving migratory birds; education and outreach; and habitat, non-game and endangered species.

Commission Meetings often cover a wide range of topics. Recurring items of particular interest to PIF include: reports from Migratory Birds, Waterfowl Committee; report from Habitat, Non-Game and Endangered Species Committee; land acquisition proposals;  and the Agency Spotlight.

Upcoming Commission Meetings (schedule here)
When: August 30 and November 8
Where: 5th floor of WRC Headquarters at 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606.
Agenda: Selected items of interest at the Aug. 30th  Commission Meeting (full agenda here):

  • Dr. Harry LeGrand will be awarded the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award

  • Consideration of proposals to grant four easements

  • Proposals to develop acquisition plans for 8 properties

  • Division of Wildlife Management Update

  • Staff recommendations for the take of migrant peregrine falcons for use in falconry

If you are interested in keeping up-to-date on WRC activities, please stop by (or listen online) to attend a Commission Meeting or public hearing. More information on Commission Meetings and other public meetings (including minutes from previous meetings) can be found on the WRC website.