NC Hunters Support Land Conservation

first_imgDeer hunting season is in full swing across the state, and while it may surprise some, conservationists point out that folks involved with the sport are supporting land conservation in their hearts and with their wallets.Walter Clark, executive director of the Blue Ridge Conservancy, says hunting bucks and other wildlife is raising bucks to advance land conservation.“A lot of our funding sources are from entities that support the Wildlife Resources Commission in support of these game lands,” he points out. “So by protecting land on which some hunting might be allowed in some cases, we’re able to receive funds to protect more land.”In North Carolina, the sale of hunting and fishing licenses provided 26 percent of the annual revenue for the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission.The federal Pittman-Robertson Act provides funds from the sale of guns, bows, ammunition and fishing tackle to purchase land.Ducks Unlimited alone has conserved more than 13 million acres nationwide through fundraising and advocacy.John Culclasure, land protection manager with the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, Inc., says historically hunters are the individuals who have led the charge for protecting land, including President Teddy Roosevelt and John Audubon.“Hunters have a long history and hunters are the original conservationists in the country,” he states. “They were instrumental in the creation of our large public land bases and supporting the wildlife conservation initiatives that are the reasons we have strong wildlife populations today.”Clark says for many hunters, it’s about more than just the act, it’s the ability to acquire organic, free-range meat, and the purity of the land is a part of that.“Hunters and the fishing community, both are recreational uses that are highly dependent on a clean environment and also available land,” he points out.According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, there are more than 330,000 hunters in the Tar Heel state.last_img read more

WCU School of Nursing receiving nearly $1 million grant to develop clinical experiences

first_imgThe U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the Western Carolina University School of Nursing a grant totaling nearly $1 million to develop community-based and primary care clinical experiences to help students enrolled in WCU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs prepare for careers in those health care settings.“With the changes going on in health care and to meet the needs of the aging population, future roles for nurses are emerging in community and primary care settings,” said Kae Livsey, an associate professor in WCU’s School of Nursing who is serving as lead on the project. The grant will expand opportunities for students to have clinical experiences in primary care and senior housing community settings and better train them for new roles as baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses, she said.The Health Resources Services Administration is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant of $999,500 will be spread over two years.The School of Nursing’s partners in the project include two federally qualified community health centers – Blue Ridge Health in Hendersonville and Appalachian Mountain Community Health Center in Asheville – and the Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County and Givens Life Ministries in Asheville. The School of Nursing also is partnering with local hospitals to provide student placements in their care coordination and discharge planning programs to support student learning related to transitions of care between acute and primary care settings.“By supporting this project, HRSA has recognized the need for baccalaureate nursing programs to prepare students for future roles in community settings,” Livsey said. “By working with our regional partners, we can promote the expanded role of the BSN-RN to address regional needs and improve the health of our communities.”last_img read more

Colby outlasts Columbus Catholic girls basketball

first_imgDons now 8-12 following road lossBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterCOLBY — Colby busted open a close game with a 40-point second half to beat Marshfield Columbus Catholic 66-53 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball matchup Friday night at Colby High School.The Dons trailed 26-24 at halftime, but Colby outscored them 40-29 in the second half to pull away.Ashley Streveler had 21 points and five assists for the Hornets (9-10, 9-5 Cloverbelt East).Columbus shot 32 percent (19 of 58) and missed half of its 16 free throw attempts in the loss to fall to 8-12 overall and 5-10 in the Cloverbelt East.Abby Baierl led the Dons with 14 points and seven rebounds, and Natalie Pospyhalla added 11 points.Columbus Catholic hosts Gilman on Monday in its Cloverbelt East finale.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 66, Dons 53Columbus Catholic 24 29 – 53Colby 26 40 – 66COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (53): Morgan Albrecht 1-3 0-0 2, Baylie Neider 1-10 6-8 8, Kendra Baierl 1-3 0-0 2, Jessica Trad 4-10 0-1 9, Abby Baierl 5-10 1-2 14, Natalie Pospyhalla 4-9 0-0 11, Marissa Immerfall 3-12 1-3 7. FG: 19-58. FT: 8-16. 3-pointers: 7-18 (A. Baierl 3-5, Pospyhalla 3-7, Trad 1-4, Neider 0-1, Albrecht 0-1). Record: 8-12, 5-10 Cloverbelt East.COLBY (66): Haylee Geiger 4-12 0-2 10, Hannah Gurtner 3-3 0-0 6, Carley Elmhorst 1-2 0-0 2, Jordyn Halopka 2-2 1-2 5, Jenna Jicincky 0-6 0-0 0, Neilana Golz 1-4 0-0 2, Paige Bruesewitz 0-2 0-0 0, Kendra Bellendorf 2-4 0-0 4, Samantha Hayes 8-11 0-0 16, Ashley Streveler 8-13 1-2 21. FG: 29-59. FT: 2-6. 3-pointers: 6-12 (Streveler 4-6, Geiger 2-5, Brueswitz 0-1). Record: 9-10, 9-5 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more