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Help plan the future of T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area

News Release

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291

A 10-year plan for the T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area will be presented at a Tuesday, March 31, public hearing in Brevard County.

People are invited to the 7 p.m. public hearing at the Brevard County Commission Chambers, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) staff will present the draft land management plan for the T.M. Goodwin WMA, and people will be encouraged to comment and ask questions. For more information on the upcoming local public hearing, go to and select “Terrestrial Programs” and then “Management Plans.”

The T.M. Goodwin WMA is within the upper St. Johns River Basin and provides habitat for waterfowl, wading birds and other wetland species. Ring-necked ducks and many other kinds of ducks, Florida sandhill cranes, roseate spoonbills, wood storks, ospreys, bald eagles and American alligators live there. The WMA was established as a flood control and wetland restoration project creating high-quality wetland habitat for wintering, migrating and resident waterfowl.

Owned by the St. Johns River Water Management District and managed by the FWC, this WMA in southern Brevard County also offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation. People visit for hunting, wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling, paddling, fishing and environmental education. T.M. Goodwin is also a popular destination on the FWC’s Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.

“T.M .Goodwin WMA was purchased to provide flood protection, wetland restoration and to protect fish and wildlife resources by restoring and conserving wetlands and the St. Johns River floodplain. It also provides lots of opportunities for public outdoor recreation,” said Jennifer Tucker, an FWC land conservation planner. “This draft plan specifies 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 consistent with the intended purposes of the purchase.

Hunting and fishing regulations are not included in this plan or meeting and are addressed through a separate public process.

To obtain a copy of the draft land management prospectus for the T.M. Goodwin WMA, call Dylan Imlah at 850-487-7063 or email

For more information and background on management plans and their goals, visit and select “Terrestrial Conservation Programs” then “Management Plans.”

For more on the T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area, go to, select “Wildlife Viewing” and then “Wildlife Management Areas.”

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