Springfield Wildlife Management Area Lease Agreement Will Not Be Renewed

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The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources regrets to inform hunters that the Springfield Wildlife Management Area, located in Hampshire and Mineral counties and formally under lease from Mead-Westvaco Corporation, will no longer be managed as a public hunting area as of April 1, 2004, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section. DNR was notified by Mead-Westvaco Corporation that they will not be renewing the lease on Springfield WMA when it expires. DNR wishes to extend its appreciation to Mead-Westvaco Corporation for the opportunity to manage these lands for public, wildlife-associated recreation during the past 30 years.

Sportsmen and sportswomen desiring to hunt public lands in this area of the state are advised that Allegheny WMA in Mineral County and Nathaniel Mountain WMA in Hampshire County are the two closest wildlife management areas in proximity to the Springfield tracts. DNR recently acquired approximately 1,800 acres of land in Hardy County from Mead-Westvaco Corporation, which added to Nathaniel Mountain WMA, bringing that acreage to more than 10,600 acres. Hunters needing information on the location of either the Allegheny or Nathaniel Mountain wildlife management areas should contact the Wildlife Resources Section's District Office at 1 Depot Street, Romney, West Virginia 26757 (Telephone: 304-822-3551).