NCWF condemns attack on state wildlife, natural resource conservation programs
The North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF), one of the state’s oldest and leading conservation organizations dedicated to wildlife and resource-based outdoor recreation, expressed serious concerns over a bill that would handcuff natural resource agencies.
NCWF executive director Tim Gestwicki stated, “S781 takes an axe to rulemaking by the state environmental agencies, the wildlife commission, and the marine fisheries commission. The result: North Carolina will slide in keeping sediment out of trout streams; polluted lakes and estuaries won’t get cleaned up as fast, or ever; fish will remain contaminated with mercury, threatening sportsmen’s families. Basic management of fish and wildlife will slip as agencies unexpectedly find they have to seek new legislative approval for decisions that have always been properly left to wildlife managers.”