Extension Workshop on Managing Land for Wildlife

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July 20, 2015 – Introduction to Managing your Land for Wildlife: What Landowners Need to Know

Photo by Kelly Douglass

Photo by Kelly Douglass

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are teaming up to conduct a Wildlife Workshop Series for landowners. The first workshop,  Introduction to Managing your Land for Wildlife: What Landowners Need to Know, will be on Monday July 20, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. The program will be presented by staff from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.


Welcome and Introductions
Debbie Roos, North Carolina Cooperative Extension

The Big Picture: Managing your Land to Attract Wildlife
Kelly Douglass, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Defining Your Land Management Objectives 
Jason Allen, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Resources to Help Landowners        
John Isenhour, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

(See speaker bios below.)

There is no cost to attend the workshop but a RSVP is required. To RSVP, send an email to extension.programs@chathamnc.org and put “wildlife” in the subject line.

For more information contact Debbie Roos at 919-542-8202.

Speaker Bios:

Kelly Douglass is a Forest Stewardship Biologist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, covering a 32-county work area in the piedmont region of North Carolina, including Chatham Co. Before transferring into this position in 2010, she worked as Captive Cervid Biologist with the NCWRC for 6 years. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from NC State University in 2002, and a master’s degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from NCSU in 2011. She is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and a Certified NC Environmental Educator.

Jason Allen began his career with the Wildlife Commission in 2002. He was stationed at the Caswell Wildlife Depot for 10 years where he worked primarily on public lands. During that time he served the Commission as a Technician, Crew Leader, and Interim Northern Piedmont Management Biologist. Duties included oversight and management of multiple Game Lands and crews in the Piedmont Region. He was hired as the District 5 Wildlife Biologist in 2012. Jason now works with private landowners, hunt clubs, and other governmental agencies providing technical guidance as it relates to responsible wildlife management. His work area includes eleven counties in the northern Piedmont.

John Isenhour has been in the position of Technical Assistance Biologist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for the past 10 years. In this position he provides guidance to private landowners whose goals include wildlife habitat enhancement. He also assists them in identifying and applying for appropriate cost assistance programs. His work area includes 33 Piedmont Counties. Prior to working with the Wildlife Commission he was an Education Forest Ranger with the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources. John has a bachelor’s degree from NC State in Wildlife Management.

Ken Knight is the Piedmont Supervising Wildlife Biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Hired in 1986, he was previously the District Six Wildlife Biologist for 19 years. Ken has a BS degree in Zoology (Wildlife Biology) from NC State University and a MS degree in Wildlife Management from West Virginia University.

Mark your calendars for these other programs in our Wildlife Workshop Series! Details will be released in the summer of 2015.

  • October 28, 2015 (tentative date): Managing your Land to Attract Non-game Wildlife – 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro
  • November 16, 2015: Topic to be determined based on stakeholder feedback from first two workshops – 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro
  • January 9, 2016: All day workshop at the Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center