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Public hearing rescheduled for state forest management plan

RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2010

EUSTIS — The public hearing and meetings for the draft version of Seminole State Forest management plan have been rescheduled.

A public meeting of the Seminole State Forest Management Plan Advisory Group has been set for Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. at Camp Boggy Creek’s Theater Building, located at 30500 Brantley Branch Road, Eustis. The purpose of this meeting is to allow the advisory group to prepare for a public hearing later in the evening, which will provide recommendations to the Division of Forestry (DOF) to help in preparation of a management plan for the Seminole State Forest.

The public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the same location. The purpose of the public hearing is to solicit comments on management of the Seminole State Forest. Comments may be presented orally or in writing at the hearing. Written comments may also be submitted to DOF’s Seminole State Forest at the Lake Forestry Station, 9610 CR 44, Leesburg, FL 34788 to the attention of Joe Bishop and should be mailed so as to arrive at the office by the date of the public hearing.

A second public meeting of the Seminole State Forest Management Plan Advisory Group is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 9:30 a.m. at the same location to allow the advisory group to review comments from the public hearing held the previous evening.
At the Sept. 21 meeting of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, staff from the Seminole State Forest presented information on the upcoming public hearing and meetings for the forest’s proposed 10-year resource management plan.

Florida Statute requires that at least one public hearing be held as part of development of the management plans for state forests, and that notice of such public hearing be announced at the Board of County Commissioners’ meeting. The current management plan will expire in December 2010. The Seminole State Forest is comprised of 27,064 acres, consisting of two separate tracts. The Seminole Tract is within the Wekiva River Basin in eastern Lake County, about 14 miles west of Sanford.

Copies of a working draft of the plan and the management prospectus are available by contacting the Seminole State Forest at the Lake Forestry Station, 9610 CR 44, Leesburg, FL 34788 or contacting Joe Bishop at (352) 360-6677.

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