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Kissimmee Chain of Lakes aquatic plant management meeting is May 2

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-227-3830

On May 2, a public meeting about aquatic plant management on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes will be held at the city of Lake Wales Administration Building, 201 Central Ave. W.  The meeting is from 6-8 p.m. The goal of this meeting is to solicit public input on the management of invasive aquatic plants. 

“In this continuing series of public meetings, we want to keep abreast of what business owners, property owners, anglers, hunters, bird watchers, airboaters and others who have a vested interest in the chain of lakes are thinking,” said Danielle Schobl, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invasive plant management biologist.

Public input from the wide variety of user groups on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, which includes lakes Kissimmee, Hatchineha, Cypress, Jackson, Tohopekaliga and East Lake Tohopekaliga, is critical to maintaining a well-balanced approach to managing hydrilla and other invasive aquatic plants.

FWC staff will give overviews of the current status of hydrilla management, the status of emergent habitat management and a snail kite nesting update. After staff presentations, the public may ask questions about key areas of interest and provide comments about the conditions they desire. The FWC will continue to incorporate public input in developing future aquatic plant management plans for the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.

“This ongoing process is part of a regular dialogue with stakeholders about aquatic plant management on the Kissimmee Chain. We hope everyone interested in aquatic plant management efforts will attend this meeting and provide input,” Schobl said.

For more details about the meeting, contact Danielle Schobl at 863-534-7074.

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