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Help plan the future of Salt Lake Wildlife Management Area

News Release

Monday, October 12, 2015

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Greg Workman, 352-239-2763

 

A 10-year plan for the Salt Lake Wildlife Management Area will be presented at a Thursday, Oct. 22, 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 FWC-managed 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.”

The Salt Lake WMA borders the St. Johns River a short distance inland from the Atlantic coast. Native coastal scrub habitat is conserved here, and the high-salinity Salt Lake and several other lakes are within its boundaries. Its 7,805 acres also include marshes and swamps that are part of the watershed of the St. Johns River.

People come to Salt Lake WMA for a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, wildlife viewing, hunting, hiking, biking, paddling and horseback riding.

Native species living in this WMA include the Eastern indigo snake, gopher tortoise, American alligator, Florida scrub-jay, wild turkey and Baldwin’s spike rush plant, and many birds breed here, such as the bald eagle, great blue heron, snowy egret, little blue heron, reddish egret, black-crowned night-heron and wood duck.

“Salt Lake WMA was purchased to ensure the conservation of fish and wildlife resources, other natural resources, and for fish- and wildlife-based public outdoor recreation,” said Lance Jacobson, FWC land conservation planner. “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 Salt Lake WMA, call Lance Jacobson at 850-487-9767 or email Lance.Jacobson@MyFWC.com.

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

For more on the Salt Lake WMA, go to MyFWC.com and select “Wildlife Viewing” then “Wildlife Management Areas.”



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