The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is holding a public meeting this evening at Macon State College to ask for feedback from the public about several proposed changes to recreational opportunities on land it owns and manages.
Among the changes being considered are unifying the names of different properties instead of having a potentially confusing array of different monikers such as “wildlife management areas” and “public recreation areas,” and also charging new user fees on properties such as wildlife management areas, where hunters and fishermen pay a usage fee while bicycle riders, birdwatchers and others don’t.
The meeting, in Room 211 A-B of the Professional Sciences Building at 7 p.m., is one of four being held in the state.
The changes are among many different approaches the DNR Wildlife Resources Division is taking to increase income and usage of state-managed lands to offset state budget cuts.
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Those unable to attend a meeting may submit comments electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing by May 28.
Written statements should be mailed to: Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Game Management Section, Attn: John W. Bowers, 2070 U.S. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025.