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Help plan the future of Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area

News Release

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Gary Morse, 863-648-3852

A 10-year plan for the management of Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area will be presented at a public hearing in Hernando County on Tuesday, June 28. People are invited to the 7 p.m. hearing at The Lake House, a Hernando County Parks & Recreation facility, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) staff will present the draft land management plan for the FWC-managed WEA, 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” then “Management Plans.”

The Perry Oldenburg WEA in northeastern Hernando County conserves a remnant tract of the sandhill longleaf pine forests that once covered much of Florida and the southeastern U.S. In 1995, the WEA was established as the FWC’s first gopher tortoise mitigation park in order to restore and maintain upland habitat for the gopher tortoise and other wildlife species such as the Florida mouse, southeastern American kestrel, eastern indigo snake and Sherman’s fox squirrel.

Located approximately 5 miles from Brooksville, this WEA offers opportunities for the public to go hiking and wildlife viewing. It also helps conserve the watershed of the Withlacoochee River.

“Perry Oldenburg WEA was purchased to conserve habitat for the gopher tortoise and to ensure the preservation of fish and wildlife resources, other natural and historic resources, and for 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 owned by the State of Florida that were donated or purchased with public funds for conservation must have a management plan that ensures the property will be managed in a manner consistent with the intended purposes of the donation or purchase. Fishing and hunting regulations are not included in this plan or meeting; those are addressed through a separate public process.

To obtain a copy of the land management prospectus for Perry Oldenburg WEA, call Sarah Pierce 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 Perry Oldenburg WEA, go to and select “Wildlife Viewing” then “Wildlife Management Areas.”

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