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EVENT:Public meeting: John Martin SWA
DATE:5/13/2019 6:00 pm
DETAILS:Lamar meeting
WHAT: Public meeting to discuss future of John Martin Reservoir State Wildlife Area
WHEN: 6 p.m., Monday, May 13
WHERE: CPW office, 2500 S. Main St., Lamar, 81052. (Enter through south doors.)

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host two more public meetings to discuss changes at John Martin Reservoir State Wildlife Area.

The first is scheduled 6 p.m., Monday, May 13, at the CPW office in Lamar, 2500 S. Main St. Enter through the south doors.

The second is set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, at the La Junta Senior Center, 114 E. 2nd St., in La Junta, 81050.

CPW manages the 19,471-acre wildlife area (SWA) for the Corps. The SWA surrounds the reservoir west of the state park. Itís a popular destination for hunting, fishing, boating, camping and wildlife viewing.

CPW has been working with the Corps on a new operating agreement at the SWA after its old license expired in 2018. The wildlife area will continue to operate under that agreement until a new one is in place.

As part of the licensing process, the Corps has identified areas where it wants a higher level of protection based on unique wildlife habitats or areas of cultural concern. These "Environmental Sensitive Areas" (ESA) will require CPW to more closely manage public access and impacts.

In addition, the Corps wants CPW to change its management strategy in areas that receive higher-than-normal public use.

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