Florida Arbor Day 2014
It was a beautiful morning at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, as nearly 60 people gathered to leave a living legacy of over 1000 Longleaf pine trees for all to enjoy. Gaby McNally of Jupiter, FL, one of the campers who chose to brave the brisk holiday weekend in the park, echoed the sentiment of many who sat through a small presentation given by Park Ranger Corey Kerkela on the history of the longleaf pine ecosystem and took part in the Florida Arbor Day project. “We love being part of an effort to preserve the natural Florida for generations to come. We are hoping to, someday, bring our future kids back, so that they can see our trees”, she said. This is exactly what park official were hoping would happen. It is a goal of Florida State Parks to encourage a sense of ownership for Florida’s citizens. The program successfully targeted a diverse audience; from Boy Scouts to retired persons, even including 14 special needs adults from Hamilton County’s A.R.C., Florida’s citizens came together to make their park beautiful and the environment just a little bit better for years to come. The staff at Stephen Foster hopes to enact more programs like this and attract more of the local population to aide in park preservation and take ownership of their local park. You too can make a difference for future generations! To find out how call your local Florida State Park.