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Public Invited to Help Shape Management of Wildlife Areas

Since 1999, Idaho's human population has increased by 21 percent, and Southwest Idaho's Wildlife Management Areas bear witness to that growth having realized a dramatic upsurge in visitation.

This gain in popularity is just one reason why Idaho Fish and Game is now asking the public to help chart the course for future management of these special areas.

Hosted by Fish and Game staff, two public open house meetings are scheduled to allow idea exchange and take public input regarding WMA management.

"We've been managing our WMAs using plans crafted in 1999 and much has changed in the 13 years since," Fish and game regional habitat manager Jerry Deal said. "We invite the public to help us identify WMA management issues, so we can better evaluate management priorities and develop WMA plans that reflect those priorities."

For those unable to attend an open house, copies of current WMA management plans, together with online comment opportunities, will be available on the Fish and Game website (http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.) by the week of February 27. Plan now to attend the open house in your area; both run from 4 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 1, at the Fish and Game office, 3101 S. Powerline Road, Nampa.

Wednesday, March 14, in the Trophy Room at Fish and Game headquarters, 600 S. Walnut, Boise.

Individuals with disabilities may request meeting accommodations by contacting Kim Cox at the Fish and Game Nampa office (465-8465) or through the Idaho Relay Service at 1-800-377-3529 (TDD).