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FWC invites public to hear, comment on 10-year plan for Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area

News Release

Friday, March 22, 2013

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public hearing in Gadsden County to present the 10-year draft land management plan for the Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Northwest Florida Water Management District, 81 Water Management Drive, Havana, FL 32333. After the presentation, the public is encouraged to comment and ask questions about the specifics of the draft plan, which applies to FWC-managed portions of the WMA.

“The Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area was purchased in order 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 conservation biologist. “This draft plan will specify how we intend to do that.”

All lands purchased with public funds must have a management plan to ensure the property will be managed in a manner consistent with the intended purposes of the purchase.

Shelton 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 Joe Budd WMA, please call Rebecca Shelton at 850-487-9982 or David Alden at 850-487-9588, or email

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

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