Help plan the future of J.W. Corbett WMA
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291
A 10-year plan for the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be presented at a Wednesday, Oct. 30, public hearing in Palm Beach County.
People are invited to attend the 7 p.m. public hearing at the Palm Beach County Vista Center, 2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) staff will present the draft land-management plan for FWC-managed portions of the Corbett WMA, and people will be encouraged to comment and ask questions. For more information on the upcoming local public hearing, go to MyFWC.com/Conservation and select “Terrestrial Programs” then “Management Plans.”
Just 25 miles northwest of West Palm Beach, the 60,348-acre Corbett WMA preserves a piece of old Florida within its cypress swamps, pine flatwoods and hardwood hammocks. People come here to see roseate spoonbills, wood storks, snail kites, red-cockaded woodpeckers and sandhill cranes. Hunters can seek deer, wild turkey and feral hogs. Anglers fish for bluegill, bass and catfish. Hikers and wildlife viewers can explore Hungryland Boardwalk and Trail, part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
For more than 2,000 years before Ponce de Leon arrived in 1513 and proclaimed this peninsula “La Florida,” Native Americans lived on the lands that now are Corbett WMA. They built mounds and traveled by canoe, sometimes on manmade causeways. In the 1800s, Seminole Indians sought refuge from the U.S. Army in Hungryland Slough.
Today, the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp is housed here, providing wilderness experiences and education for children in the summer and year-round programs for families and educators.
“Corbett WMA 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.”
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.
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 Corbett WMA, call Julie Kilgore at 850-487-7063 or email Julie.Kilgore@MyFWC.com.
For background on management plans and their goals, visit MyFWC.com/Conservation and select “Terrestrial Programs” then “Management Plans.”