Public input sought for game lands management plan

WILKESBORO — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is holding a public meeting this month to seek input in developing a management plan for three of its western North Carolina game lands.

The meeting is scheduled for Aug. 25 at the Walker Center on the campus of Wilkes Community College, 1328 S. Collegiate Drive, in Wilkesboro. Commission staff is seeking public input for Buffalo Cove, Mitchell River and Thurmond Chatham game lands to help guide management and user activities on these game lands for the next 10 years. The meeting will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., although attendees should arrive a few minutes early to receive materials.

Buffalo Cove Game Land (6,633 acres) is located in Caldwell and Wilkes counties, Mitchell River Game Land (2,306 acres) is located in Surry and Alleghany counties, and Thurmond Chatham Game Land (6,472 acres) is located in Wilkes and Alleghany counties. These game lands are mostly forested and are popular with hunters and fishermen as well as hikers and other outdoor recreational enthusiasts. Popular game species on these game lands include white-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrel and ruffed grouse.

“We are encouraging everyone who has an interest in these game lands to attend the meeting to provide input on how the properties should be managed,” said Gordon Warburton, mountain ecoregion supervisor with the Commission. “We hope to hear from not just hunters and fishermen, but also from wildlife watchers, photographers, birders and others who use or have an interest in using these game lands.”

The Commission also is accepting comments and suggestions from people who do not attend the meeting. Submit comments regarding this game land management plan at Click on “Comment on Game Land Plans” in the scrolling icons at the bottom of the homepage. Comments also can be e-mailed to Type the name of the game land on which you’re commenting in the subject line.

The Commission will provide updates on development of the new management plan for the all of its game land management plans on Facebook and Twitter.

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