Land management is the most important aspect of the Florida Park Service’s mission. Yet protecting and preserving the land and restoring habitats to their original nature requires patience and dedication. A habitat restoration project that starts this year may take one or two generations to complete. What starts out looking like a scene of devastation after trees have been chopped down and ground vegetation cleared, slowly – very slowly – is coaxed back to its original habitat and as it does so, the flora and fauna associated with that habitat also return.
This work usually goes unnoticed by the public, but it is recognized at state level. Earlier this month, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet honored Scott Spaulding, manager of the Florida Scott Spaulding, manager of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park, with the Jim Stevenson Resource Manager of ... Read more