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FWC continues plant treatments to create open water on Lake Miccosukee

News Release

Friday, October 14, 2016

Media contact: Bekah Nelson, 850-265-3676; Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is continuing its efforts to create open water on Lake Miccosukee which is primarily in Jefferson County.

The FWC’s Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Restoration Section has been mechanically shredding undesirable vegetation and floating tussocks on about 60 acres in several locations on the lake. These areas were identified as prime locations to provide open-water habitat for waterfowl.

The FWC is planning to conduct follow-up treatments in these areas during the second week of October, after early waterfowl hunting season.

Habitat enhancement on the lake began in April and continued through July of this year. Additional work is planned for early 2017, after the end of the 2016-17 waterfowl hunting season.

The goal of this work is to provide optimal use of Lake Miccosukee to waterfowl hunters and recreational users.

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