- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries regulators says beginning July 1, the Jackson-Bienville Wildlife Management Area will no longer be part of the WMA program.

Weyerhaeuser Company made the property, located 12 miles south of Ruston, available for public leasing in April. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Wednesday that it and the company could not come to terms on an agreement to continuing leasing the 25,089 acres of land located in Jackson, Bienville and Lincoln parishes.

Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon says the area has been a popular destination for recreational hunters since 1961.

The department’s WMA system includes nearly 860,000 acres of department-owned property in addition to over 450,000 acres of free-lease WMAs.

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