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Sumter County Extension Coordinator Willie Lampley and John Ollison, regional Extension agent with Alabama Cooperative Extension System, recently offered a recreational pond management workshop and tour for landowners. The workshop, held at the pond owned by Drs. Bobby and Becky Williams of Livingston, lasted more than two hours.

“There is a tremendous interest among landowners in recreational pond management,” says Lampley. “Pond owners are looking to provide good fishing opportunities for family and friends.”

The event attracted more than 22 pond owners. Ollison and J. D. Shumate (Southeastern Pond Management) discussed fertilization, stocking, pond aeration, pipe sizing, siphon installations, vegetation management and control, beaver and other pest control mechanisms. Participants went on a tour of three different ponds with different management objectives for each pond and fish species such as bass, bream and crappie.

Sumter County Natural Resource Council, Treasure Forest Association, National Resource Conservation Service and Southeastern Pond Management sponsored the workshop.