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Help plan the future of Half Moon Wildlife Management Area

Media contact: Jamie Rager, 850-404-6104 Release Date: 12-03-2019   All Articles Tags:

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will present a 10-year plan for the Half Moon Wildlife Management Area at a public hearing in Sumter County on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lake Panasoffkee Recreation Center East Wing Meeting Room, 1589 County Road 459, in Lake Panasoffkee. The public is encouraged to attend and will have the opportunity to comment and ask questions regarding the DRAFT land management plan for the FWC-managed WMA.

The Half Moon WMA is situated along the Withlacoochee River in Sumter County approximately 15 miles west of Wildwood. It offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation including hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, horseback riding and paddling.

Mesic flatwoods and hammock in the Half Moon WMA provide important wildlife habitat for species such as white-tailed deer, gopher tortoises and Bachman’s sparrows. The WMA’s floodplain swamp and hydric hammock also provide an important buffer and filter system for runoff between upland areas and the Withlacoochee River.

“The Half Moon WMA was purchased to ensure the conservation of fish, wildlife, and other natural and cultural resources for future generations, and to provide fish-and wildlife-based outdoor recreation opportunities to the public,” said Lance Jacobson, FWC land conservation planner. “This draft plan will specify how we intend to accomplish that goal.”

For more information on this upcoming local public hearing, go to MyFWC.com/Conservation and select “Terrestrial Programs” then “Management Plans.”

Pursuant to Chapters 253 and 259, Florida Statutes, 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. For more information and background on management plans and their goals, visit MyFWC.com/Conservation and select “Terrestrial Conservation Programs” then “Management Plans.”

Hunting and fishing regulations are not included in this plan or meeting; those are addressed through a separate public process. For more information about hunting and fishing regulations, please visit MyFWC.com/hunting/regulations.

To obtain a copy of the land management prospectus for the Half Moon WMA, call Lance Jacobson at 850-487-9767 or email Lance.Jacobson@MyFWC.com.

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