National Wildlife Refuge en Should NC Wildlife Refuges Grow Genetically Modified Crops? <p>Environmental officials are asking for public input about whether they should replant genetically modified crops (GMCs) at national wildlife refuges in North Carolina.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="">U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosts a public meeting at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge </a>Thursday.&nbsp; That refuge and three others in eastern North Carolina have been using a farming program to plant genetically modified crops like corn and soybeans since the 1990's. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Will Michaels 16631 at Should NC Wildlife Refuges Grow Genetically Modified Crops? Wildlife Officials Spar With Hyde County Over Refuge Expansion <p>A proposed expansion of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is running into opposition with some local leaders.&nbsp;</p><p>Refuge leaders say the expansion is necessary to preserve the ecosystem that supports a wide range of wildlife, including migrating birds, black bears and red wolves.<br><br>"New Lake is a naturally occurring lake out there, but we currently only have about 80 percent of it within the refuge boundary," says refuge manager Howard Phillips.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:14:02 +0000 Eric Hodge 10938 at DOT Awards Bonner Bridge Contract <p>The state Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for what it says is the most cost-effective plan to build a new Bonner Bridge. The existing bridge that connects Hatteras Island to the northern Outer Banks is nearly 50 years old and cost the DOT more than $26 million to repair over the last decade. The contract awarded to PCL Civil Constructors and HDR Engineering is the cheapest of the three proposals at $216 million, but also got the lowest technical score from state officials. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:51:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8304 at Big Game Hunting Considered for Currituck Refuge <p>Big game hunting could be coming to the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern North Carolina. A new proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would allow limited hunting for white tail deer and feral hogs. Mike Bryant is a refuge manager for six areas including Currituck. He says the rule changes would mark the first time deer and hog hunters would be allowed in the refuge.<br> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 09:25:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 8481 at