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Orange Lake Habitat Management Plan needs stakeholder involvement, input

News Release

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

Residents, business owners and everyone who has concerns or interest in the Orange Lake Habitat Management Plan Stakeholder Process are welcome and encouraged to attend the July 14 meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. at Grand Lake RV and Golf Resort, located off Highway 318 just east of Interstate 75 next to the Ocala Jai Alai in Citra.

The Habitat Management Plan is a new document that will guide the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) management actions at Orange Lake over the next five years. The purpose of this meeting is to begin a stakeholder engagement process, and gather input on a proposed outline of the plan.

This meeting will be facilitated by Normandeau Associates Inc. of Gainesville. It is assisting the FWC in collecting stakeholder input and writing the plan.

Subsequent meetings will take place as the Habitat Management Plan progresses, to get stakeholder input regarding specific Orange Lake management goals and objectives, as well as management actions.

For additional information on the July 14 meeting or information about previous meetings, go to , or contact Ryan Hamm at 352-415-6961.

Please feel free to pass along this information to anyone who may be interested. The meeting location is handicapped accessible.

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