Chicken wire fence in North Carolina is a national monument

A state agency is taking a major step toward securing a key wildlife refuge in North Carolinians’ back yard.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday finalized an agreement to purchase a wire fence at the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Humboldt Wildlife Refuge.

The deal comes after years of debate over the wildlife refuge’s security.

The agency said it plans to use a crane to lift the fence into place at a cost of $30 million.

“The North Carolina Fish and Game Commission is pleased to have reached an agreement with the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service regarding the purchase of the North Carolinian Wildlife Federation Wire Fence for the purpose of protecting Humbolt Wildlife Refuge,” said Steve Trowbridge, director of the agency’s Bureau of Land Management.

The federal agency will use the $30-million investment to improve the fence and enhance its fencing along its perimeter.

The Humbolts’ refuge is located just a few miles from the Tennessee border.

Trowbridges agency oversees the Humbols’ land and waters, and has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a variety of projects to protect and restore wildlife.