Walkway Will Pave the Way to More Fishing Programs in Fayetteville

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Walkway Will Pave the Way to More Fishing Programs in FayettevilleRALEIGH, N.C.  – A new walkway at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center is paving the way for anglers of all ages, skill levels and abilities to enjoy more fishing opportunities at the Fayetteville-based center.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is selling engraved pavers to help support aquatic programs conducted at the center, as well as fisheries outreach programs coordinated across the state through the center, including a mobile aquarium, kids’ fishing events and a Tackle Loaner Program. The stone pavers will form the “Conservationist Walkway,” which will wrap around the new facility.

Stone pavers are available in three sizes:

  • 3-inch by 6-inch paver, $50, engraved with up to 20 characters including spaces;
  • 6-inch by 6-inch paver, $75, engraved with up to 40 characters including spaces; and
  • 6-inch by 9-inch paver, $100, engraved with up to 48 characters including spaces.

Paver purchases are tax-deductible.

The Commission provides two easy ways to order a paver:

  • Online at www.ncwildstore.com (credit card purchases only); or
  • Mail in the completed application form, available at www.ncwildlife.org/paver, along with a check or money order to: Wild Store Order Desk, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1710 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1710

“The Conservationist Walkway is a unique and lasting way to pay tribute to family and loved ones and, at the same time, support aquatic programs conducted at the center,” said Kristopher Smith, director of the Pechmann Center. “It was appropriate that the walkway be placed at the Pechmann Center; our mission is teaching kids and adults about the sport of fishing and the conservation of aquatic resources.”  

For more information on the Conservationist Walkway, contact Smith at (910) 868-2468, ext. 14. For additional information on fishing in public, inland waters click here or call the agency’s Division of Inland Fisheries, (919) 707-0220.