Ducks Unlimited recently completed the enhancement of 25 acres of managed wetlands on the Hobucken Unit of Goose Creek Game Land in eastern Pamlico County. This project was done in partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Located within one of the primary waterfowl complexes on game land, this project included the installation of a pump station, water control structure and embankment enhancements. The new 12 inch; stainless steel, electrically driven permanent pump station will allow North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission staff enhanced habitat management capabilities to provide beneficial vegetation for waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds and other wetland dependent species.

Also completed as part of this project was the retopping, repairing of the perimeter dike, replacing an existing water control structure and installing a new setback dike to repair a breach created by storm damage.

Thanks to the continued generosity of Axalta Coating Systems on public lands projects in North Carolina, DU was able to leverage their gift and funds from the Southeast Wetlands Initiative 3:1 with Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act funding allocated to the state to deliver the work.

This publicly accessible property is widely used by outdoor enthusiast for outdoor recreation including birding, photography and hunting will benefit from these improvements for years to come.