Outdoors notebook

Nominate conservation heroes by July 1

May 28, 2014 

You have a little more than a month to gather information and make your nominations for the annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards.

The N.C. Wildlife Federation honors individuals, governmental bodies, organizations and others groups for their commitment to conservation in North Carolina. The awards, which are the state’s highest natural resource honors, recognize professionals and volunteers of all ages.

Nominations of conservation heroes are due by July 1, according to a federation news release. For rules and a nomination form, go to http://www.ncwf.org/images/docs/conservationheros.pdf.

Boat safety check: Boaters can receive citations for not equipping their boats properly. The Raleigh Sail and Power Squadron strives to help prevent that by offering free vessel checks, including checks 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bass Pro Shops in Cary. A boating safety seminar will be held at 1 p.m.

Keep up with Bass Pro Shops Cary events at www.facebook.com/bpscary. Find state regulations at www.ncwildlife.org/boating.

NWTF at festival: The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Pender County Longbeards will set up a Jakes Take Aim trailer so kids can test their skills with BB guns at the June 7-8 Cape Fear BBQ festival at Old River Farms, 8711 Old River Road, Burgaw. Gate entry is $5 per vehicle for the festival, which includes entertainment and vendors. Learn more at www.capefearbbqfestival.com, or call 910-795-0292.

Garrard and Herndon win: Jay Garrard of Durham and Mark Herndon of Bahama caught five bass weighing a total of 23.90 pounds to win the Piedmont Bass Classics Team Bass Spring Mini Trail final qualifier No. 5, which drew 32 teams to the Ledge Rock ramp on Falls Lake on May 17. First place was worth $750.

The Boats Unlimited N.C. Team Tournament Bass Trail Final Qualifier No. 7 is scheduled for Saturday on Jordan Lake out of Farrington Point, organizer Phil McCarson said.

Reef meeting Thursday: The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Wilmington Regional Office, 127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Wilmington.

Grant-funded expansion and enhancement will be discussed for four artificial reefs off New Hanover County: artificial reefs 364 (Billy Murrell Reef), 370 (Meares Harris Reef), 372 (Bruce Barclay Cameron Reef), 378 and 378B (Phillip Wolfe Reef Complex).

For questions, contact Chris Jensen at 252-808-8051 or chris.jensen@ncdenr.gov.

Hearing on moles Thursday: The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday in Raleigh to receive public comments on designating as pests two species of moles: the eastern mole, Scalopus aquaticus, and the hairy-tailed mole, Parascalops breweri. A status change would allow the regulated use of pesticides to control the species in specific situations.

The hearing will be held at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh. Learn more a www.ncwildlife.org, or call 919-707-0050.

Plan now: The June 1-8 celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week is highlighted by a variety of free events in the Triangle and beyond on June 7. The schedule can be found at www.ncwildlife.org.

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