Deadline is Wednesday to comment on new NC public game land

December 30, 2019 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The deadline to comment on how the North Carolina Wildlife Commission should manage more than 1,700 acres of new public game land is coming up this week.

The commission has sought the public’s view of how to manage the 1,760-acre Dan River Game Land since September. The deadline to respond is Wednesday, said Jodie Owen, a commission spokeswoman.

The opinions will help guide the management and activities on the game land, located four miles southwest of Eden on the Dan River, for the next 10 years.

The state became the full owner of the property in the spring of 2018 after purchasing acreage from the Piedmont Land Conservancy, the News & Record of Greensboro reported earlier this year. The state bought 660 acres in 2017 and the rest in 2018.

The game land features nearly four miles of river frontage and more than 16 miles of posted boundary, with over 8.7 miles of unimproved roads and 6.8 miles of overgrown paths.

The commission plans include a canoe and kayak launch to provide a take-out for paddlers coming from other access points upstream and downstream.