Sierra Aids In Forest Plan Update

Marian Ryan of Ancient Islands Sierra Club will be representing environmental interests on an advisory committee helping to recommend language to be included in the 10-year update of the management plan for Lake Wales Ridge State Forest.

The forest, which consists of four units stretching from Lake Arbuckle to Lake Kisimmee, is open to public recreation and contains a diverse list of flora and fauna, including some rare and endangered species.

The plan will be the topic of a series of public meetings Wednesday, Jan. 16, including a public hearing at 11 a.m. at 7510 Red Grange Blvd., Indian Lake Estates. Indian Lake Estates is a subdivision east of Lake Wales on State Road 60.

The plan includes public recreation, land management, ecological restoration, rare species monitoring and forestry management.

The meeting will offer a chance to make suggestions and to educate yourself about the forest, which is little known to many residents in the region.