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A 10-year plan for Andrews Wildlife Management Area will be presented at a public hearing in Levy County on Thursday, Nov. 1. People are invited to the 7 p.m. public hearing at the Levy County Courthouse, 355 S. Court St., Bronson.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) staff will present the draft land management plan for the FWC-managed Andrews WMA, and people will be encouraged to comment and ask questions. For more information on the upcoming local public hearing, go to MyFWC.com/Conservation and select “Terrestrial” then “Management Plans (WMA).”

Andrews WMA is along the east bank of the Suwannee River south of Fanning Springs. It offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation, including canoeing and kayaking launches, 10 miles of nature trails for hiking and biking, a Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail site, External Website plus hunting, fishing and scenic roadways.

The little blue heron, osprey, gopher tortoise, wild turkey, white-tailed deer and American alligator are among the native species living here. Old-growth hardwoods and floodplain swamp provide quality habitat for numerous species of wildlife.

“Andrews WMA was purchased to ensure the conservation of the Suwannee River, fish and wildlife resources, other natural and cultural resources, and for fish- and wildlife-based public outdoor recreation,” said Lance Jacobson, FWC land conservation planner. “This draft plan will specify how we intend to do that.”

All lands purchased with public funds must have a management plan that ensures the property will be managed in a manner consistent with the intended purposes of the purchase. Hunting and fishing regulations are not included in this plan or meeting; those are addressed through a separate public process.

To obtain a copy of the land management prospectus for Andrews WMA, contact Lance Jacobson at 850-487-9767 or Lance.Jacobson@MyFWC.com

For more information and background on management plans and their goals, visit MyFWC.com/Conservation and select “Terrestrial” then “Management Plans (WMA).”

For more on Andrews WMA, go to MyFWC.com and select “Wildlife Viewing” then “Wildlife Management Areas.”