Hyde County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Wildlife Resources Commission have joined forces to create a watershed restoration plan for Lake Mattamuskeet.
The Wildlife Resources Commission has recommended turning over the languishing Lake Mattamuskeet Lodge to a private company to develop into a hotel or restaurant.
A plan that will allow the state to collaborate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the management of Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in Hyde County has birding and wildlife groups worried.
Photo by Debby Gleeson of Jacksonville.
A tranquil Lake Mattamuskeet mirrors the sky and an island on a winter’s day.
The largest natural lake in the state is in trouble. Everybody who has anything to do with the lake is worried, but no one really knows what’s causing the problems or how to fix them.