The Carteret County Wildlife Club has been continuously in existence since 1958. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to educate the community about environmental issues and to encourage people of all ages to get out into nature through hiking our forest trails and paddling local streams. Outings are one of two main features of our club’s activities. Canoe trips, hiking, birding, and fish, fowl & animal watching trips.
Our second main feature is trail maintenance within the Croatan National Forest in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service. In cooperation with the US Forest Service, The Club constructed the 22 mile Neusiok trail in the Eastern Croatan Forest and the 11 mile Weetok trail in its Western region.
Longtime club members recognized for trail building service
by Brad Rich
Longtime club members Sue and Gene Huntsman were inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s top civilian honor May 15, 2016.
They are, in every sense of the word, trailblazers, and that’s precisely why they got nominated for the award by the Carteret County Wildlife Club and approved by Gov. Pat McCrory. Bob Simpson, longtime club member and family friend, and for decades the state’s premier outdoor writer at the Raleigh News & Observer, put it this way in his nomination letter:
“Possibly the best known of their accomplishments would be their heroic efforts establishing the nationally recognized Neusiok hiking trail, 22-plus miles of public pathway pushing through seemingly impenetrable wilderness regions.”