FFS staff joining equestrian partners (L to R): Chris Ennis (Forestry Supervisor), Faye Minahan (Park Ranger), Brenda Foreman (FFSF Board of Directors), Wendy Allen (Five Flags Arabian Horse Association), Mike Hudson (Center Manager), Gail Jones (Florida Quarter Horse Association), Keri Sims (Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties Sheriff's Posses), Medora Mullins (The Happy Hoofers), David Creamer (Forest Resource Administrator), and Doug Ott, Friends of Florida State Forests Program Coordinator.Read More
Tallahassee, FL. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service are celebrating 80 years of Florida state forests this October, which is also Florida State Forest Awareness Month, with events throughout the state. Since its establishment in 1936, the Florida state forest system has evolved and grown into one of the most extensive and well-managed state forest systems in the nation, with 37 state forests covering 1.1 million acres and attracting 2.2 million annual visitors.
“Florida's state forests are vital ecological and economic resources for our state,” said Commissioner Adam H. Putnam. “After 80 years, Florida's forests still provide an abundance of benefits from clean air and water, to diverse plant and animal communities, and recreational opportunities.”Read More
PlantMeGreen.com owners Richard and Kim Roccanti (at left), who donated the trees, stand with our first free tree recipient, along with Doug Ott, Friends of Florida State Forests Coordinator. At right, a couple receives their free “Birds of Florida State Forests” poster, as over 250 were handed out.Read More
Local Non-Profit and computer business join in the planting!
Dexter Sowell, Caloosahatchee Forestry Center Biologist, shares the proper steps in planting a tree!Read More
Lee County, Fla – The Florida Forest Service’s Friends of Florida State Forests program is hosting a native tree planting event in Fort Myers on Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. The event is free to the general public and will be held at the Florida Forest Service’s Caloosahatchee Forestry Center (10941 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL, 33905).
Techno Brain Group has donated funds to purchase native trees for the event and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County have volunteered to plant trees around the Forestry Center. The species of native trees to be planted include live oak, paradise tree, bald cypress, dahoon holly, florida red maple, mahogany and wild tamarind.Read More
by Mike Martin & Doug Ott
A successful fundraiser took place April 1st – 3rd for Seminole State Forest with the support from the Friends of Florida State Forests (FFSF) program, Florida Forest Service staff, volunteers, other individuals and local organizations that pledged their support.Read More
The Eagle Rock Equestrian Club made a difference not only by raising funds for the past few years, but also volunteering their time to help building a picnic pavilion at Tiger Bay State Forest, for the public to enjoy for years to come. Special thanks to Vivian Thompson & Prestige Concrete Products for their contributions, as Foster Pavilion was dedicated on Oct. 18, 2015.Read More
Main Event, Saturday, October 24
Activities for the Whole Family Include:
“Youth in the Wild” Photo Contest, Appearances by Smokey Bear,
Fun Run/Walk, Forest Wagon Rides,
Tree I.D. and Moonlit Hikes, Kids Stations, Forest Games,
Educational Resource Exhibits, Food Vendor,
Refreshments, Prizes, Silent Auction, FREE STUFF!
Monday-Friday Activities Include:
Enhanced Learning Programs for Schools, Home-School Students,
Youth Groups, Civic Clubs, Adult and Senior Adult Groups