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The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society is the official non-profit support group for National Wildlife Refuges in Eastern North Carolina Information below was released by USFWS and is available on their website at #NCRefuges News 
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Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuge Complex - Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
100 Conservation Way (P. O. Box 1969)
Manteo, NC 27954

Contact Bonnie Strawser 252-473-1132 X 230 
or Steve Brumfield X 224
For Immediate Release
November 15, 2019
Press Release: Public Comments Sought On Compatibility Determination, Tideland Electric Membership Corporation Amendment to Right-Of-Way Easement, On Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Hyde, Tyrrell, And Washington Counties, North Carolina
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
For Immediate Release     
Date: November 15, 2019
Contact: Howard Phillips, Refuge Manager 252-796-3004 ext 226

Fish and Wildlife Service Makes Available Tideland Electric Membership Corporation Project Draft Compatibility Determination for Relocating Utility Right-of-Way for Public Review

Refuge Manager Howard Phillips announced today the DRAFT COMPATIBILITY DETERMINATION for the Tideland Electric Membership Corporation (TEMC) request for relocating their existing 24.9 kV electric distribution line through Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge for public review and comment until December 4, 2019. The proposed utility corridor relocation will be adjacent to their existing corridor along Pungo Lake Canal Road (aka Hyde Park Road), South Lake Road, and Allen Road. Comments are being sought on the benefits and impacts from amending the existing utility Right-of-Way.

Federal wildlife refuges are required by law to determine the compatibility of any proposed non-wildlife dependent use with the mission of the national wildlife refuge system and the purpose for which a particular refuge was established. The mission of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is to protect migratory birds and other native wildlife and their breeding grounds and habitat for the benefit of the American people,” stated Phillips. He added, “We want the community to be informed about the work being proposed and to have an opportunity to weigh in on the pros and cons of that work.”

If you wish to review the Draft Compatibility Determination, copies are available at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters at 205 South Ludington Drive, Columbia, NC 27925 and online at Compatibility Determination PDF. The document is also available at the Tyrrell and Washington County Public Library facilities. Written comments may be sent to: Refuge Manager, Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge PO Box 329, Columbia NC 27925 or emailed to

All comments must be submitted no later than close of business (4:00 PM) on December 4, 2019. If you need additional information, please contact Refuge Manager Howard Phillips at 252-796-3004 ext 226.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.