The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division will hold three public meetings to accept public comment on the recently completed Alligator Management Plan. Those interested are encouraged to bring these meetings to the attention of others that also may be interested in participating.
“Alligators are a natural renewable resource and regulated alligator hunting is an important management tool. The objective of this plan is to ensure the long-term conservation of alligators while providing sustainable harvest opportunities through science-based management decisions, “says John W. Bowers, Assistant Chief of Game Management.
All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. on the following dates and at the following locations:
· Dec. 14, 2010: Bainbridge College-Rm. 710, Bldg. D, 2500 E. Shotwell St., Bainbridge, GA, map to location available here: http://www.bainbridge.edu/aboutbc/map/campusm.htm
· Dec. 15, 2010: Wayne County Courthouse-174 North Brunswick Street, Jesup, GA
· Dec. 15, 2010: Henry County SPLOST Management Building – 116 South Zack Hinton Parkway, McDonough, GA
Any participant at a meeting may present data, make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants must register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement. Those unable to attend a meeting may submit written statements by December 31, 2010. Statements should be mailed to:
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources Division
Game Management Section
Attn: John Bowers
2070 U.S. Highway 278, SE
Social Circle, Georgia 30025
These meeting sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Brandon Anderson at (770) 761-3045 no later than Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.
For more information on the scheduled public meetings, visit the Wildlife Resources Division website at www.gohuntgeorgia.com or contact the Hunter Services Office at (770) 761-3045. To view a copy of the Georgia Alligator Management Plan, visit gohuntgeorgia.com (select “Hunting”, “Game Management”, then “Alligator Management Plan”).