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Union Wildlife Management Area to Close

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced Friday that the property known as Union Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will no longer be part of the department’s WMA program, effective July 1, 2015.

LDWF has decided to conclude the long-term lease with Plum Creek Timber Company on approximately 10,000 acres in Union Parish, focusing instead on supporting wildlife management efforts in other WMAs within the LDWF system.

“LDWF will continue to pursue opportunities on properties that facilitate wildlife habitat management while providing quality outdoor recreation options for the public,” said Steve Smith, LDWF WMA program manager. “Those resources previously utilized on this area will be redirected in a manner through which they can be best utilized within the WMA system for conservation and public use.”

For many years, Plum Creek provided hunting access on this WMA in northeast Louisiana.  The company will now offer these lands for lease to individuals or hunting clubs.  Additional information about recreational leasing opportunities is available at www.plumcreek.com/recreation.

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