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Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management meeting set for May 4

News Release

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3852

The public is invitedto attend a meeting to review and comment on the Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management plan for 2015-2016. Representatives from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Highlands County will be available to answer questions about planned upcoming aquatic plant management activities.

The meeting is scheduled for May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at H.L. Bishop Park, 10 Lake June Clubhouse Road, Lake Placid.

The agenda will include presentations and discussion regarding FWC aquatic habitat restoration and enhancement projects, an FWC invasive plant management update on hydrilla, plans for upcoming treatment areas as well as an update of ongoing maintenance work around the lake.

Public input from user groups in the Sebring-Lake Placid area is critical to create a well-balanced approach to managing aquatic plants.

“This meeting is part of an ongoing process that maintains a regular dialogue with stakeholders. We hope everyone interested in aquatic plant management efforts will attend this meeting and provide input,” said FWC invasive aquatic plant biologist Kelle Sullivan.

Those having specific questions regarding the management of the lake may contact FWC regional biologist, Kelle Sullivan at 863-534-7074 or via email at

If you would like more information about invasive aquatic plants, visit or call the FWC’s Lakeland regional office at 863-648-3200.

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