Category Archives: FOREST

Letter to EPA seeks intervention on wetlands destruction

Special to the County Compass Editor’s note: Monday night in a 4 to 2 vote, elected officials OK’d this letter, which was promptly sent to environmental regulators in Washington, D.C.…

My 30-day trapping results

Red Wolf program ‘disastrous, irresponsible farce’ By Jett Ferebee | Special to the County Compass Red wolf in trap Editor’s note: Mr. Ferebee owns a 2,800 acre farm in Tyrrell County, which shares a long border with the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, in northeast North Carolina. Ferebee believes a good faith effort to introduce red wolves into a five-county region has gone awry, primarily because of interbreeding with coyotes. The program began in 1987. In mid-February, Ferebee became the first ever landowner to be granted a ‘take permit’ for red wolves. TYRRELL CO…

Huge forest cut

Are wetlands illegally being converted to farm land? By Allen Propst | Special to the County Compass This ditch in the Atlas Tract has recently been cleared of trees. Originally dug in the late 1980s, the ditch was an apparent violation of the ‘Swampbuster’ provision of the Food Security Act of 1985, passed to discourage the conversion of wetlands to agricultural production. Bulldozers in the Atlas Tract have been used to remove stumps of trees recently cut. Hundreds of deer, bear, turkeys and thousands of small mammals and songbirds are permanently displaced.Something’s been happ…

Blind hiker completes trek

Park Superintendent Debo Cox greets blind hiker Trevor Thomas. (Photo credit Simon Lock) By Penny Zibula | Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part report. JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – On the afternoon of June 22, we — along with Trevor Thomas’ family, friends, and Park Superintendent Debo Cox — stood atop a dune, which marked the end of the Mountains to Sea Trail. We were awaiting the arrival of the blind hiker and his guide dog, Tennille, as the pair completed their most recent accomplishment. Shortly after his arrival to much applause and…

Massive saw hangs from copter

  Utility saves by trimming from air Pilot Will Nesbit flies a helicopter and operates an ‘air saw’ at the same time. By Lester Cloninger | Special to the County Compass HIGHWAY 304 – An airborne buzzsaw — suspended from a helicopter and controlled by its solo pilot — spurred excitement this week along the Progress Energy right-of-way, which extends from Bayboro to the county’s remote northeast corner. Over the next several weeks, a small army of employees and contractors are conducting the tactical ground and air assault in which trees are trimmed and debris clea…
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