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Normal public use resumes for Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Areas

October 24, 2016 

The order, which takes effect immediately, once again permits normal public access to all of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA. However, deer hunting and the general gun-vehicle season remain canceled per Executive Order 16-21. 

Catch a Florida Memory with FWC’s new Saltwater Angler Recognition programs

October 21, 2016 

The FWC challenges you to Catch a Florida Memory and participate in any of three fun and exciting Saltwater Angler Recognition programs.  

MarineQuest features educational fun for all ages

October 19, 2016 

The public is invited to explore Florida’s fish, wildlife and their habitats on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FWRI’s headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg (100 Eighth Ave. SE). 

FWC receives 19 proposals from local governments for bear-conflict reduction funding

October 18, 2016 

The FWC is now moving forward with the process to allocate “BearWise” funding to communities and local governments in bear range.  

New law for lobster harvest aims to deter poachers

October 17, 2016 

Measuring devices are required, and lobsters harvested while diving must be measured while they are in the water. If its carapace length is not larger than 3 inches, the lobster must be left in the water.  

Orange Lake plant treatments scheduled

October 14, 2016 

The FWC is planning to conduct aquatic plant control treatments via helicopter on Orange Lake in Alachua County, during the week of Oct. 17-21, weather permitting.  

FWC continues plant treatments to create open water on Lake Miccosukee

October 14, 2016 

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.  

Lake Toho plant treatments scheduled

October 11, 2016 

On Oct. 13, 270 acres of noxious emergent aquatic plants are scheduled for treatment along the shoreline of Lake Toho, weather permitting. The four targeted plant species are water primrose, cattail, pickerelweed and spatterdock.  

FWC says use caution in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

October 10, 2016 

Boaters should stay aware of high water areas and the risk of flooding, and understand that the water bottoms may have dramatically changed as a result of Hurricane Matthew. 

Extreme weather prompts emergency temporary closure of 4 Wildlife Management Areas in South Florida

October 05, 2016 

J.W. Corbett and Allapattah Flats wildlife management areas, and the John C. and Mariana Jones/Hungryland and DuPuis wildlife and environmental areas are closed to access until further notice.  

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