Outdoors notebook

Meetings set for Biscayne National Park’s general management plan



• Boaters, anglers and divers are reminded that three public hearings will be held this week on the revised draft alternatives for Biscayne National Park’s general management plan. The plan is aimed at guiding park activities over the next 15-20 years. Meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami, 6200 San Amaro Dr., Coral Gables; Tuesday at Florida City city hall, 404 West Palm Ave.; and Wednesday at Holiday Inn Key Largo, 99700 Overseas Highway. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/bisc.

• Duck and gator hunters and birdwatchers long have enjoyed the bounty of the South Florida Water Management District’s Stormwater Treatment Area 5 in Hendry County south of Clewiston. Thousands have visited the 16,000-acre managed wetland for organized hunts and tours since it opened for recreation in 2002. Now those recreational opportunities are being expanded for hiking, biking, and picnicking. A new parking area, trailhead with restrooms and kiosk and a picnic shelter have been added, along with new hours of operation. STA5/6 will be open to the public from sunrise to sunset on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but closed Sundays until Feb. 2 when hunting season ends. For more information, visit www.sfwmd.gov/recreation.

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