Florida hunting

Draft Hunting Management Plan Comment Opportunity

by Florida Sportsman Newswire  |  published on January 5, 2013

The National Park Service (NPS), in consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), has released for public comment a revised draft Hunting Management Plan/ Environmental Assessment for Big Cypress National Preserve.

The purpose of the plan is to allow the Preserve superintendent to consider hunting opportunities in a manner that is in the best interest of the Preserve’s resources and the public, while meeting the requirements set forth by the NPS, the Preserve’s enabling legislation, the NPS/FWC Cooperative Partnership Agreement, and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

This is the third draft version of the plan released for public review. The draft plan was first released to the public for review and comment in March 2012 and a revised version in July 2012. Comments received during both periods have been addressed in the most recent revised draft.

Preserve superintendent, Pedro Ramos, said “We are now going back to the public with a third version of the draft Plan as a result of the valuable information we have received through our civic engagement efforts. At the end of the day, this is not a race to a finish line, the most important thing is that we end up with a strong plan that protects this valuable resource and provides sustainable opportunities to our visitors.”

Comments are requested by February 4, 2012. Once the comment period concludes, we will consider all comments submitted in the development of the final plan/EA.

We invite your comments regarding potential issues and concerns that should be addressed within the plan. You may submit comments by mail or on-line and all comments received will be considered carefully. Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Comments by mail may be sent to Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141-1000. Comments may also be submitted on-line.

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