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Date: December 20, 2004

Conservation board to review proposed Occoneechee State Park master plan amendment January 6

(RICHMOND, Va.) - The Virginia Board of Conservation and Recreation will review a proposed amendment to the Occoneechee State Park master plan at their regularly scheduled meeting Jan.6, 2005. The 10 a.m. meeting is being held at the Virginia Science Museum on Broad Street in Richmond. The public is invited to speak on the master plan proposal.

Staff from DCR will present an overview of the state park master plan process and make a presentation on a proposal for a new Conference and Education Center in the state park. The presentation will include an overview of comments received at an October public meeting in Clarksville and during a 30-day comment period in November.
After the presentation the board will hear any member of the public who would like to comment on the proposal. Depending on the number of persons wishing to speak, the time allowed per comment may be limited. After hearing from the public the board is expected to make a decision on the proposed amendment.

The board's decision goes as a recommendation to the department's director Joseph H. Maroon, who will make the final decision on the proposed amendment in consultation with Secretary of Commerce and Trade, the Secretary of Natural Resources and Governor's office.

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