The Carteret County Wildlife Club has been continuously in existence since 1954. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is community education about local environmental issues and to encourage people to get outside and enjoy nature. 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. The 22 mile Neusiok trail, a part of the North Carolina Mountain to Sea Trail System, and the 11 mile Weetok trail are our primary trails.
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.”