Jeff L. Thigpen Register of Deeds

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

GOIN' COUNTRY #4- Pender County to Expand Angola Bay Game Land

Pender County is home to more than 80,000 acres of game lands, which consumes one-third of the county. Pender and Hyde County, which includes Ocracoke Island, have the most acreage devoted to game land on the North Carolina coast.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is working on buying 4,000 acres to add to Angola Bay Game Land in western Pender County from the N.C. Coastal Land Trust and Nature Conservancy. A portion of Angola Bay crosses into Duplin County.

County Commissioner Steve Holland sees the importance of these efforts, but understands you give up some tax base when you do this kind of preservation. If you get off the Hwy. 210 exit, grab a Paul's Place hot dog or hamburger, just drive a few hundred feet and you'll see all the development in that area. New gas station, Food Lion, and much more is to come. Those areas used to be prime land for wildlife. It's clear there should be a balance.

GOIN' COUNTRY means you need to keep up on these kinds of things.


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