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Powers Park boat ramp, fishing pier closed for tussock removal

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

The boat ramp and fishing pier at the Powers Park access channel on Newnans Lake will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12-13, for tussock removal.

Mechanical harvesters will be used to shred the tussocks on the 5,800-acre lake, which is a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Fish Management Area, about two miles east of Gainesville on Highway 20.

“Tussocks are island-like rafts of plants that can be extremely problematic if they block public access, hinder flood control, impair navigation or interfere with fish habitat,” said Ryan Hamm, FWC Invasive Plant Management biologist.

The Windsor boat ramp on the east side of the lake will remain open.

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