Ichetucknee Alliance Press Release

 

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE • March 14, 2017

Contact

Lucinda (Lu) Merritt
386-454-0415
[email protected]

Public Meetings on Draft Management Plan for Ichetucknee Springs State Park

The State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Division of Recreation and Parks (Florida Park Service/FPS), has scheduled two public meetings at which people may review and comment on the new draft Unit Management Plan for Ichetucknee Springs State Park:

Public Hearing

5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Fort White Community Center
17579 SW State Road 47
Fort White, FL 32038

Advisory Group Meeting
9 a.m.-Noon Thursday, March 30, 2017
Ichetucknee Springs State Park South Entrance
Environmental Education Center
12087 SW U.S. Highway 27
Fort White, FL 32038

The Park Service has invited the Ichetucknee Alliance to appoint a representative to the Advisory Group. The Alliance’s Board and Advisory Board members are currently reviewing copies of the plan that we obtained through a public records request. We have been told that the plan will be posted on the Internet on Wednesday, March 15. To find it, go to the link below, click on “Public Participation Calendar” in the “Meeting Materials” column, click on the specific meeting within that calendar, and scroll down the page to find a link to a pdf version of the plan:

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/parks/planning/default.htm#update

Given the encouragement within FDEP to establish timbering within our state parks, the Alliance is urging its members and interested citizens to attend these meetings to show support for maintaining the focus of Ichetucknee Springs State Park on ecological preservation, outdoor recreation and nature appreciation. The Alliance will submit written comments on the draft plan when our review of the plan is complete.

For more information, call Ichetucknee Alliance Advisory Board member Jim Stevenson, 850-556-3072, or Ichetucknee Alliance Secretary Lu Merritt, 386-454-0415.

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