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Public hearing to outline 10-year plan for Guana River WMA

News Release

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public hearing in St. Augustine on Sept. 27 to present the 10-year draft land management plan for Guana River Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The 7 p.m. meeting is at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center, 3125 Agricultural Center Drive.

After the presentation, the public is encouraged to comment and ask questions about the specifics in the draft plan.

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.

“Guana River WMA was purchased to ensure the preservation of fish and wildlife resources, other natural and cultural resources, and for fish- and wildlife-based public outdoor recreation,” said Rebecca Shelton, FWC land management biologist. “This draft plan will specify how we intend to do that.”

She added that 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 draft land management prospectus for Guana River WMA, please call Rebecca Shelton at 850-487-9982 or David Alden at 850-487-9588, or email

For background on management plans and their goals and for more information, visit and select “Terrestrial Programs” then “Management Plans.”

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