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  • 10/10/2013 11:36 AM | Florida State Parks Foundation (Administrator)
    There is cause for celebration for all Florida State Park staff,
    visitors and Friends groups! The Gold Medal Award for
    Excellence in the management of state park systems was
    recently celebrated at Lake Louisa State Park where park
    officials gathered in recognition of this unprecedented honor.
    Florida is the only park system in the USA to claim title to three
    Gold Medal awards.
    “The fact that the Florida Park Service has won this prestigious
    national award three times, while no other state has ever
    won twice shows the dedication of our employees and volunteers to manage the resources that provide vast opportunities for Floridians and visitors to enjoy our natural resources,” said Florida DEP Secretary Herschel
    Vinyard. Secretary Vinyard, Representative Bryan Nelson and Florida Parks Director Donald Forgione were on hand for the gathering where a large group was assembled for the recognition event.
    Since 1935, Florida’s Park Service has been working to provide recreational activities for the community, while preserving, protecting, interpreting and restoring natural resources in the state.
  • 03/31/2013 3:16 AM | Florida State Parks Foundation (Administrator)
                                                                                                                                Jamie began volunteering as a
    Park Host, assisting visitors and
    answering their questions. She also
    helps with the interpretive carts
    in the park. She is often asked to
    be a mentor to other high school
    volunteers. She has participated
    in a bird survey at Egmont Key
    State Park and worked for Fish
    and Wildlife assisting in building
    boardwalks and performing surveys
    at Three Sisters Park. At 16 years
    old, Jamie is a fine ambassador for
    her park.
  • 01/15/2013 3:22 PM | Florida State Parks Foundation (Administrator)


    The first place photo in the 2012 FPS and FFSP Photo Contest is wonderfully appropriate for the 50th anniversary of the publishing of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Ospreys were sorely impacted by the proliferation of DDT use in the 1950s and 1960s. Possibly because of the banning on DDT in many countries in the early 1970s, the osprey as well as other affected birds of prey have made significant recoveries. Our continued thanks to Rachel Carson for making this a prominent issue.


    Congratulations to the winners! First place winner Jose Ramirez’s photo, Fishing Osprey, was taken at Honeymoon Island State Park.

    Second place went to Looking Up by Carmen Welbon at Blue Spring State Park.

    Third place is Baby Pelican at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park by John Brown.

    Annual photo contest winners are selected from the 12 monthly photo contest winners throughout 2012 selected by visitors to The photographs were evaluated by professional photographers John Moran, Kevin Kolczynski and Lynn Berreitter to determine the top three winners.


    Thanks to everyone who participated throughout the year and a special thanks to our judges.


    The Florida State Parks and State Trails Photo Contest in conjunction with Friends of Florida State Parks allows visitors to share their experiences at state parks and on state trails. Register and submit your favorite photos for a chance to win a Florida State Parks Passport. Visit the Photo Contest website for rules and details.

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