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Public hearing for Bell Ridge Longleaf area is Oct. 20

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public hearing for the Bell Ridge Longleaf Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA) Management Plan on Thursday, Oct. 20. The meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gilchrist County Commission Chambers, 210 S. Main St., Trenton.

The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comment on the draft of a 10-year management plan the FWC is developing for the Bell Ridge Longleaf WEA, in Gilchrist County. Components of the draft management plan will be presented to the public, followed by a question-and-answer session and public testimony.

A management prospectus for the Bell Ridge Longleaf WEA is available upon request from the FWC's Conservation Acquisition and Planning group. Call Michael Hallock-Solomon at 850-487-9767 or Rebecca Shelton at 850-487-9982, or email for the prospectus.

For more information on management plans, go to and select "Terrestrial Programs."

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