Who Can Help: Wildlife

A wildlife professional’s guidance can help to enhance the habitat of the wildlife you have on your land as well as attract and provide habitat for species that you may want but don’t have. The organizations below have wildlife professionals who provide assistance to forest landowners.

ATFS Standard 8, Performance Measure 8.1
Landowner should use qualified natural resource professionals and qualified contractors when contracting for services.

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Wildlife biologists help landowners manage habitat to support healthy and diverse wildlife populations and/or to attract certain species to their woodlands. N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Private Lands Program Staff are available to work with landowners across the state.

N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, Natural Heritage Program

Natural Heritage Program biologists work throughout North Carolina to conduct inventories for rare animals, plants and natural areas.  NHP staff compile data, create maps and distribute information about rare species, natural communities and conservation sites. Their staff is available to answer information requests about rare species or specific sites.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  makes certain that rare and imperiled species get the protection they need – through listing them to the federal list of threatened and endangered species, working to recover them and reviewing certain projects to minimize or eliminate impacts to listed species. For information or assistance regarding endangered-species issues on your property, contact your nearest Ecological Services Field Office.

Non-Profit Organizations

Audubon North Carolina helps conserve and restore the North Carolina habitats we share with all wildlife, focusing on the needs of birds. Contact Audubon North Carolina.

National Wild Turkey Federation is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. In North Carolina they provide technical assistance to landowners who want to improve wild turkey habitat on their property. Contact the N.C. National Wild Turkey Federation at 910-874-1293 or lprevatte@nwtf.net.

Quail Forever‘s mission is to conserve quail, pheasants and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public access, education and conservation advocacy. In North Carolina they offer landowners on-site visits to provide technical assistance, develop habitat management plans and assist landowners in Farm Bill cost-share programs. Contact N.C. Quail Forever at 910-247-3458 or jcomer@quailforever.org.