Help plan the future of the Bullfrog Creek Wildlife and Environmental Area
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291; Gary Morse, 863-648-3852
Photos available on the FWC’s Flickr site: https://flic.kr/s/aHskSaQe1A
A 10-year plan for the Bullfrog Creek Wildlife and Environmental Area will be presented at a public hearing in Hillsborough County on Thursday, March 16.
People are invited to the 7 p.m. public hearing at the Hillsborough County Center, second floor boardroom, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) 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 MyFWC.com/Conservation and select “Terrestrial” from the left column, then “Management Plans” and “Upcoming Local Public Hearings.”
Less than 5 miles from Tampa Bay in the southwest corner of Hillsborough County, the Bullfrog Creek WEA conserves 833 acres of natural habitat in close proximity to a large urban area, with downtown Tampa only 15 miles away.
The WEA provides habitat for the gopher tortoise, a threatened species whose large burrows shelter hundreds of other native species including the eastern indigo snake and Florida mouse. It also is a great place for people to hike and view wildlife such as the Florida sandhill crane, roseate spoonbill, little blue heron, tricolored heron, wood stork and Sherman’s fox squirrel.
The WEA also helps protect the water quality of Bullfrog Creek and its floodplain, and is adjacent to the Bullfrog Creek Scrub Preserve.
“The Bullfrog Creek WEA was purchased to ensure the conservation of fish and wildlife resources, other natural and cultural resources, and for fish- and wildlife-based public outdoor recreation,” said Peter van de Burgt, 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. 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 land management prospectus for the Bullfrog Creek WEA, call Peter van de Burgt at 850-487-9982 or email Peter.vandeBurgt@MyFWC.com.
For more information and background on management plans and their goals, visit MyFWC.com/Conservation and select “Terrestrial” from the left column, then “Management Plans.”
This year, the FWC is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its Wildlife Management Area system. Go to MyFWC.com/WMA75 for information on events, the WMA photo contest and how to find a WMA near you.