Partnership Preserves Over 400 Acres of Public Game Lands in North Carolina
The Takeaway: A collaborative effort funded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has secured and preserved a 400+ acre waterfront property in Pamlico County, ensuring wildlife habitat conservation and public access for outdoor activities in the Goose Creek Game Lands.
In a significant conservation effort, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, in collaboration with the National Wild Turkey Federation, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, and North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, has acquired a breathtaking 400+ acre waterfront property in Pamlico County. This acquisition marks a crucial addition to the Goose Creek Game Lands managed by the Wildlife Resources Commission. The property, once ripe for development, now stands conserved for perpetuity, thanks to the collaboration of stakeholders and organizations committed to wildlife preservation, water quality, and scenic beauty. The project was funded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law coastal zone management Habitat Protection and Restoration awards.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will manage the property to improve habitat for native wildlife. Plans have been outlined for habitat improvement, including prescribed burning and creation of wildlife food plots, with the land earmarked for public hunting as part of the Goose Creek Game Lands.
Situated along North Carolina Highway 304 and Lynch’s Beach Road between Bayboro and Vandemere, the expansive property boasts diverse habitat ideal for wild turkey, white-tailed deer, black bear, and various wildlife species. With extensive mixed pine-hardwood forests, pocosin wetlands, and longleaf pine ridges, it offers a thriving environment. Additionally, its four miles of frontage along the Bay River, and Smith and Newton Creeks—classified as high-quality and nutrient-sensitive waters—adds to its ecological significance.
This conservation effort not only safeguards diverse wildlife habitats, but also ensures expanded public access, marking a significant milestone in preserving the natural beauty and ecological richness of the landscape for generations to come.
Partners: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, National Wild Turkey Federation, North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, North Carolina Land and Water Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stanback, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bate Land Company
Federal Funding: $500,000PRINT