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FWC sets public hearing for Hungryland WEA

News Release

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Media contact: Carli Segelson, 561-882-5703

In January, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold two public hearings in Martin and Palm Beach counties to present the 10-year draft land-management plan for those units of the John C. and Mariana Jones/Hungryland Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA) where it is the lead manager.

The first meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Palm Beach County Commission Chambers, 301 N Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401. The second meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Martin County Commission Chambers, 2401 SE Monterey Drive, Stuart, FL 34996.

After a presentation about the draft plan, the public is encouraged to comment and ask questions.

All lands purchased with public funds must have a management plan that ensures the property will be managed in a manner that is consistent with the intended purposes of the purchase.

“John C. and Mariana Jones/Hungryland WEA was purchased to ensure the preservation of fish and wildlife resources, other natural and cultural resources, and for fish- and wildlife-based public outdoor recreation,” said Rebecca Shelton, FWC land conservation biologist. “This draft plan will specify how we intend to do that.”

She added that hunting and fishing regulations are not included in this plan or meeting; those are addressed through a separate public process.

To obtain a copy of the draft land-management prospectus for John C. and Mariana Jones/Hungryland WEA please call Rebecca Shelton at 850-487-9982 or David Alden at 850-487-9588, or email Rebecca.Shelton@MyFWC.com.

For more information on management plans and their goals, visit MyFWC.com/Conservation and select “Terrestrial Programs” then “Management Plans.”



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