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Public invited to Macbride forest plan meeting Sept. 16

IOWA CITY– A public meeting is set for Sept. 16 to hear comments on a forest stewardship plan for Lake Macbride State Park, west of Solon. “The plan is to help guide management activities which will improve the long term health and resiliency of woodlands there,” explained DNR district forester Mark Vitosh. “It assesses the current conditions, threats and concerns for the woodland health.”
Comment from the public– especially people who utilize Macbride– is requested at the 6:30 p.m. meeting on Sept. 16, at the Johnson County Extension Service office, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, in Iowa City. After that public input, a management plan will be established to achieve the park’s conservation and recreation goals.
The state park, in addition to the 900 acre lake, shows 1000 acres of forest/woodlands, and 275 acres considered prairie, campground, picnic areas, parking lots and residences. A similar plan has been undertaken at Wapello State Park. Another is being developed for the Volga Recreation Area.
For more information, contact Mark Vitosh, DNR district forester 319-351-8886.