Monday, June 29, 2009

NJ Wildlife Conservation Corps Volunteers

The Wildlife Conservation Corps (WCC), with more than 1700 members, is the largest natural resource management volunteer group in the state. I have been a member for more than 20 years.

WCC members are involved in all phases of activities from wildlife research and work in the field to helping with recordkeeping. Volunteers assist in many NJDEP activities including: the operation of deer, turkey, beaver and otter check stations; spring and fall trout stocking programs; operations at the Rockport Pheasant Farm; fishing instruction and visitor services at the Pequest facility; upkeep of five shooting ranges located in Wildlife Management Areas; and various activities with the Endangered and Nongame Species Program including the Speaker’s Bureau, presenting slide presentations on endangered and non-game species management.

Anyone 18 years of age and older is welcome to join the Division of Fish and Wildlife as a volunteer. If interested, check out these Frequently Asked Questions, complete and mail an application form (pdf, 22kb), or e-mail questions to WCC_DEP@dep.state.nj.us

Volunteers capture muskellunge and walleyes that washed over the Greenwood Lake Dam, so that Division employees can return them to the lake. Most of the fish would have fallen victim to infection in a few weeks due to lack of food supply and stress from warm water temperatures.

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