The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is inviting the public to attend February meetings in Gulf and Franklin counties on the 10-year draft land-management plan for FWC-managed portions of the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA).
The first public hearing is 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Center, 3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. Joe, FL 32456. The second hearing is 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Environmental Education and Training Center, 108 Island Dr., Eastpoint, FL 32328.
At each meeting, there will be a staff presentation followed by comments and questions about the draft plan from the public.
"The Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area is there to ensure conservation of fish, wildlife and other natural and cultural resources," said Rebecca Shelton, FWC land conservation biologist. "It is a beautiful place for people to go for outdoor recreation, including fishing and wildlife viewing. This draft management plan specifies how we intend to carry out those conservation objectives."
She said hunting and fishing regulations are not included in this plan, because they are addressed through a separate public process.
To obtain a copy of the draft land-management prospectus for the Apalachicola River 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."