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Florida's DEP Head Quits

Florida's DEP Head Quits

The embattled secretary of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection is reportedly stepping [...]
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Chief Of Florida's Environmental Agency To Resign

Chief of Florida’s environmental agency to resign (AP) - The chief of Florida’s Departm[...]
Department of Environmental Protection secretary Jon Steverson resigns

Department of Environmental Protection secretary Jon Steverson resigns

Jon Steverson, who for two stormy years has led the state Department of Environmental Protection un[...]
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Chief of Florida's environmental agency to resign

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The chief of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection is stepping [...]
DEP secretary Jon Steverson resigns after stormy 2-year tenure

DEP secretary Jon Steverson resigns after stormy 2-year tenure

Jon Steverson, Florida Department of Environmental Protection secretary, resigned Friday. Courtesy [...]
Jon Steverson Resigns as FDEP Secretary

Jon Steverson Resigns as FDEP Secretary

Jon Steverson addresses the St. Johns River and Suwannee River water management district boards Jon[...]
After stormy term, Florida's environmental chief steps down

After stormy term, Florida's environmental chief steps down

Florida's chief environmental regulator is stepping down from his job. Jon Steverson, secretary of [...]
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Letters to the editor for Jan. 17, 2017

Wildlife wonderland Why would up to 1,100 people a day walk three miles roundtrip in the middle of [...]
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Parks Service director moving to Paynes Prairie manager

A shake-up at the Florida Park Service will see former director Donald Forgione take the helm as ma[...]
Long-time Utility Regulator to Direct State Parks

Long-time Utility Regulator to Direct State Parks

Lisa Edgar Lisa Edgar, who is ending a 12-year run as a state utility regulator, has been appointed[...]
Former Public Service Commission member will be the next boss of Florida's parks

Former Public Service Commission member will be the next boss of Florida's parks

Public Service Commissioner Lisa Edgar listens to testimony during a 2015 meeting. On Tuesday the F[...]
Utility regulator gets Florida parks job

Utility regulator gets Florida parks job

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration has named a soon-to-be jobless utility regulator to fill th[...]
State Parks director reassigned

State Parks director reassigned

(Photo: Democrat files) Donald Forgione, longtime director of the state parks, has been reassigne[...]
Pick for next state park director will be telling

Pick for next state park director will be telling

Should our state parks be about preserving and experiencing natural Florida? Or should each of th[...]
Florida parks director removed, sparking worries

Florida parks director removed, sparking worries

Florida news. The director of the Florida Park Service has been reassigned to manage a park, rekindl[...]
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Paynes Prairie Goes On Without Management - WUFT

Paynes Prairie Goes On Without Management By Brooke Steinberg November 9, 2016 Paynes Prairie Pre[...]
Sue Legg: Florida parks need renewed protection

Sue Legg: Florida parks need renewed protection

A young wild horse walks with two adults, part of a group that was hanging around the observation to[...]
Paynes Prairie Preserve

Paynes Prairie Preserve

Visit Florida's first state preserve! Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park became Florida's first sta[...]
Company hired to sell Florida state park souvenirs online had abysmal first year

Company hired to sell Florida state park souvenirs online had abysmal first year

The merchandise offered online by Florida4You is generically branded "Florida State Park" instead of[...]
Florida Legislature moves bill forward allowing state parks to be repurposed for hunting, grazing

Florida Legislature moves bill forward allowing state parks to be repurposed for hunting, grazing

A bill that would give the Florida Department of Environmental Protection the ability to allow hunti[...]
Wekiva protest decries hunting, timber, cattle in parks

Wekiva protest decries hunting, timber, cattle in parks

Saturday's protest at Wekiwa Springs State Park calls for greater protection of land, water and wild[...]
Letter: State lands bills stink

Letter: State lands bills stink

Added by Protect Paynes Prairie For those of you who are interested in the details of SB1290. It [...]
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Have a Heart, Save our State Parks

The Sierra Club has organized simultaneous rallies across Florida to publicize and oppose state effo[...]
Lawmakers push to make local, state parks more accessible

Lawmakers push to make local, state parks more accessible

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It’s not all fun and games when it comes to local and state park policy in Flori[...]
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Florida State Parks should remain natural and protected

Florida State Parks are special places for many reasons. You would think Gov. Scott and Department o[...]
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Senate signs off on new DEP secretary

TALLAHASSEE — The Senate confirmed Gov. Rick Scott's environmental secretary this week after Democra[...]
Florida Senate signs off on DEP secretary

Florida Senate signs off on DEP secretary

TALLAHASSEE — The Senate confirmed Gov. Rick Scott’s environmental secretary Thursday after Democrat[...]
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Editorial: Parks chief’s reckless plan

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson should have gotten the messag[...]
Senate Confirms DEP Secretary Jon Steverson

Senate Confirms DEP Secretary Jon Steverson

Secretary Jon Steverson gained confirmation in the Senate Thursday. The Florida Senate confirmed a r[...]
Letters to the editor for Jan. 28, 2016

Letters to the editor for Jan. 28, 2016

The Protect Paynes Prairie Coalition thanks the hundreds of local citizens who attended last Saturda[...]
Editorial: Public must protect parks

Editorial: Public must protect parks

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson should have gotten the messag[...]
Supporters rally Saturday to protect Paynes Prairie

Supporters rally Saturday to protect Paynes Prairie

Aaron Albright / Alligator Staff Hundreds of people gathered Saturday to protect Paynes Prairie P[...]
Hundreds Protest Proposed Plan to Allow Commercial Activity in Florida State Parks

Hundreds Protest Proposed Plan to Allow Commercial Activity in Florida State Parks

Protect Paynes Prairie Coalition, a group of concerned local citizens, sponsored a march that went f[...]
Thumb down: DEP secretary closer to confirmation, despite concerns

Thumb down: DEP secretary closer to confirmation, despite concerns

Thumb up, thumb down CONFIRMING CONCERNS: Jon Steverson, who drew criticism after discussing plans t[...]
More than 300 march to say: Hands off our parks

More than 300 march to say: Hands off our parks

More than 300 people who don't want cattle grazing, hunting or other uses that could impair the envi[...]
DEP chief wins another round in Senate confirmation journey

DEP chief wins another round in Senate confirmation journey

Gov. Rick Scott's top environmental regulator moved a step closer to keeping his job Wednesday after[...]
Rally and march set for Saturday to protect state parks

Rally and march set for Saturday to protect state parks

[image added by Protect Paynes Prairie] Opponents of proposals by the state of Florida to commerc[...]
Treatment Wetlands Equal Cleaner Water and More Birds

Treatment Wetlands Equal Cleaner Water and More Birds

Some of the most productive birding hotspots in Florida are man-made treatment wetlands that were de[...]
DEP Secretary hearing, send this email

DEP Secretary hearing, send this email

Cut and paste to stop Steverson's plan to add hunting, grazing, logging and other multi-use activiti[...]
Jono Miller: DEP still trying to commercialize state parks

Jono Miller: DEP still trying to commercialize state parks

Herald-Tribune readers awoke on Christmas to find a present headlining the local section: a news sto[...]
Where we stand: Don't spoil state parks for profit

Where we stand: Don't spoil state parks for profit

Left to Right, Austin Moro, 18, Timothy Johnson, 18, and Nick Napoleon, 18, enjoy the unseasonably w[...]
Gov. Scott’s bottom-line focus worries environmentalists over state parks plan

Gov. Scott’s bottom-line focus worries environmentalists over state parks plan

Gov. Rick Scott’s bottom-line focus on state government is stirring environmentalists across Florida[...]
Critic gives OK to Matt Caldwell's state parks bill

Critic gives OK to Matt Caldwell's state parks bill

(Photo: File)The rewrite has silenced the critics for the time being. A bill filed by Rep. Matt Cald[...]
Hunting, grazing, logging at Florida state parks? 2016 fight looms

Hunting, grazing, logging at Florida state parks? 2016 fight looms

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s bottom-line focus on state government is stirring environmentalis[...]
DEP drops plan to launch cattle grazing pilot program in state park

DEP drops plan to launch cattle grazing pilot program in state park

A hiker tours a wetland area on the south end of Upper Myakka Lake at the Myakka River State Park i[...]
Leslie Poole: Women have long led charge to protect parks

Leslie Poole: Women have long led charge to protect parks

A rain storm makes it way across Paynes Prairie Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in April. (Doug [...]
Poll: To boost state park revenue, hike fees or let cattle in

Poll: To boost state park revenue, hike fees or let cattle in

Imagine cattle grazing at state parks as a way for the entities to pay for themselves. Forty-two pe[...]
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Beth Kassab: Camping brings out state parks’ beauty

top Last weekend we loaded up our SUV like the Clampetts' truck after they struck oil and hit the ro[...]
Real name of state DEP: Don't Expect Protection - Sun Sentinel

Real name of state DEP: Don't Expect Protection - Sun Sentinel

Photo: Florida Gov. Rick Scott (Bob Self / AP) Dec. 11, 2015 In recent years, the Florida Senate [...]
Editorial: Find other ways to make state parks pay (and find state leaders with backbones) | Map

Editorial: Find other ways to make state parks pay (and find state leaders with backbones) | Map

Gov. Rick Scott seems bound and determined to bring moneymaking ventures to Florida's state parks — [...]
Registration opens for Palm Coast birding festival

Registration opens for Palm Coast birding festival

Bird watchers at the inaguaral Birds of A Feather Fest search for signs of avian activity. Registrat[...]
Poll: Should Florida officials allow hunting in state parks?

Poll: Should Florida officials allow hunting in state parks?

Credit: FILE PHOTO A wild hog walks around the DuPuis Wildlife and Environmental Area in Martin Coun[...]
Tallahassee needs a walk in the woods before sullying state parks

Tallahassee needs a walk in the woods before sullying state parks

Should Rick Scott want to quietly contemplate his recent ranking as one of America's least-liked gov[...]
DEP deputy administrator lacks environmental experience

DEP deputy administrator lacks environmental experience

(photo added by Protect Paynes Prairie) Three months after Gov. Rick Scott named Jon Steverson the [...]
Florida’s women have history of saving parks: From The Community

Florida’s women have history of saving parks: From The Community

Leslie Poole If anyone can save Florida's parks now under serious assault by politicians and bureau[...]
Editorial: Leave Florida’s state parks alone, Governor | Map

Editorial: Leave Florida’s state parks alone, Governor | Map

A pair of joggers pass by blooming wildflowers among the brush along the trail leading to the canoe [...]
Shooting wildlife in Florida state parks best done with a camera

Shooting wildlife in Florida state parks best done with a camera

The perfect example of “if it ain’t broke” is the Florida State Park System. Well, at least it was a[...]
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Editorial: Hunting for park revenue

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection stirred up a needless controversy by declaring t[...]
Hiaasen: Scott’s plan would ruin our state parks

Hiaasen: Scott’s plan would ruin our state parks

Buy Photo Gov. Rick Scott is one boot-step closer to denaturizing Florida’s state parks. A Se[...]
Dockery: Plenty of space for hunting besides parks

Dockery: Plenty of space for hunting besides parks

The perfect example of "if it ain't broke" is Florida's State Park System. At least it wa[...]
Carl Hiaasen: Scott's plan would ruin Florida's state parks

Carl Hiaasen: Scott's plan would ruin Florida's state parks

Jeff Palmer films sandhill cranes on a ranch near the Myakka River State Park for a film he was mak[...]
Carl Hiaasen: Gunfire, cowpie and logging trucks! Come to Florida state parks!

Carl Hiaasen: Gunfire, cowpie and logging trucks! Come to Florida state parks!

Kayakers paddle at Savannas Preserve State Park off of Walton Road in Port St. Lucie. The state is c[...]
Idea to make entry into state parks free attracts critics

Idea to make entry into state parks free attracts critics

Entrance at state parks would be free for a year under a bill aimed at attracting more visitors, but[...]
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Editorial: Science smokescreen

When state environmental officials undertook what they promised was a serious effort to save and re[...]
Bill would waive entrance fee at state parks for a year

Bill would waive entrance fee at state parks for a year

Sebastian Inlet State Park is along State Road A1A on the Indian River/Brevard County line. (FILE PH[...]
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Florida’s controversial DEP head gets key Senate endorsement

Jon Steverson, secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, cleared a hurdle We[...]
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Our View: Hunting for park revenue

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection stirred up a needless controversy by declaring t[...]
Gov. Scott's DEP chief gains vote of confidence from senators

Gov. Scott's DEP chief gains vote of confidence from senators

Gov. Rick Scott's chief environmental regulator, Jon Steverson, won a vote of confidence Wednesday f[...]
9 Investigates: Will hunting in Florida state parks become reality?

9 Investigates: Will hunting in Florida state parks become reality?

Two things you can do about the vote to confirm Jon Steverson as Sec of DEP that took place in a com[...]
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Area lawmakers cool to idea of hunting in state parks

As the Florida Department of Environmental Protection looks for ways to generate more revenue from [...]
State Parks Being Reviewed for Places to Allow Hunting

State Parks Being Reviewed for Places to Allow Hunting

A pair of deer look for grass to graze just after sunrise at Alafia River State Park near Lithia, F[...]
DEP timber-harvest contract took odd twists before it fell apart

DEP timber-harvest contract took odd twists before it fell apart

Don Curtis said he knew something was wrong when he saw the contract announcement from the Florida [...]
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Mark Woods: State goes hunting for cash in parks

We have the best state parks in America. Or at least that’s what state officials like to boast, poi[...]
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Editorial: It’s open season on state parks

If Florida’s unofficial troubadour, Gamble Rogers, had an inkling of what the Department of Environ[...]
Editorial: Cheers and jeers

Editorial: Cheers and jeers

A group of wild turkeys roam a wetland area in the Myakka River State Park in Sarasota. Douglas R. [...]
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Frank Cerabino: Park hunting we will go

News item: Florida is looking into the feasibility of establishing hunting in each of the 161 state[...]
Florida is considering allowing hunting in all state parks

Florida is considering allowing hunting in all state parks

Photo via Wikimedia Commons Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection is considering allowin[...]
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Keep hunters, loggers, ranchers out of Florida parks

When will Gov. Rick Scott 's administration realize that Floridians want their parks to be parks? N[...]
Governor, lay off Florida’s state parks

Governor, lay off Florida’s state parks

Gov. Rick Scott, on behalf of the millions of Floridians and tourists who enjoy our award-winning st[...]
Fred Grimm: Ladies and gentleman, Florida’s conservation award goes to . . . who?

Fred Grimm: Ladies and gentleman, Florida’s conservation award goes to . . . who?

Spoiler alert. I’ve got the inside word on who’s getting that special conservationist award from th[...]
Hunting in state parks 'disaster waiting to happen,' Latvala says

Hunting in state parks 'disaster waiting to happen,' Latvala says

Gov. Rick Scott 's top environmental regulator is pursuing plans to open state parks to hunting, and[...]
Jack Latvala says “no way” to Honeymoon Island hunting

Jack Latvala says “no way” to Honeymoon Island hunting

Jack Latvala is saying “no way” to hunting at Honeymoon Island State Park. On Tuesday, the Clearwate[...]
State parks being reviewed for places to allow hunting

State parks being reviewed for places to allow hunting

Times Staff Writer Every Florida state park is now being considered as a potential killing field.[...]
Bill to waive state park admission fees worries some

Bill to waive state park admission fees worries some

A new bill in Tallahassee would waive admission fees at all 174 state parks for an entire year, star[...]
Editorial: Insider dealing exposed at the secretive DEP

Editorial: Insider dealing exposed at the secretive DEP

It would be one thing to write off the latest mismanagement of the state park system as just ano[...]
Bill would waive Florida state park fees for an entire year

Bill would waive Florida state park fees for an entire year

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida is home to some of the nation's most acclaimed state parks. From beaches t[...]
Environmental chief silent on state lands director's departure

Environmental chief silent on state lands director's departure

Florida's top environmental official, Secretary Jon Steverson of the Department of Environmental Pro[...]
State lands director quits amid questions about $500,000 parks contract

State lands director quits amid questions about $500,000 parks contract

TALLAHASSEE — For the second time in two years, the boss of Florida's state lands division has quit [...]
Paynes Prairie history bus tour takes visitors into the heart of Gator country

Paynes Prairie history bus tour takes visitors into the heart of Gator country

View all 7 photos Bison, alligators and wild horses are among the wildlife visitors to Paynes Prair[...]
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Critics say budget cuts, hand-picked leaders have hurt water districts

By Christopher Curry Staff writer Published: Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 5:07 p.m. In June 20[...]
Walk Around Florida 25 - Silver Jubilee

Walk Around Florida 25 - Silver Jubilee

Walk Around Florida 25 - Silver Jubilee Plan on joining walkers at Gainesville October 23-25 2015 f[...]
Panhandle's Water Management District Prioritizes Springs In New Budget

Panhandle's Water Management District Prioritizes Springs In New Budget

A Florida water agency has a new budget of $55 million. The Northwest Florida Water Management Distr[...]
State parks are different from other state lands

State parks are different from other state lands

State parks were never envisioned as being managed for resource consumptive uses such as hunting, ti[...]
Wild horses, bison and gators abound in Paynes Prairie

Wild horses, bison and gators abound in Paynes Prairie

There's plenty of wildlife in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park near Gainesville, but the anima[...]
SJRWMD buys 4,900 acres from Rayonier to protect Silver Springs

SJRWMD buys 4,900 acres from Rayonier to protect Silver Springs

Though this is not about Paynes Prairie, it seems like it is good news for our beloved Silver Spring[...]
Florida state parks are more important and more endangered than ever

Florida state parks are more important and more endangered than ever

Tallahassee Democrat - Wednesday letters 4:30 p.m. EDT September 15, 2015 “Few people appreciate h[...]
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Sustainability conference headed to C.R.

Jon Steverson, secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, will be the keynote [...]
Water district awash in secrecy

Water district awash in secrecy

Gov. Rick Scott continues to make major public decisions in private and duck accountability. His lat[...]
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Be more open on park proposals

Florida’s version of a modern range war is a dispute over whether to allow more public conservation [...]
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A very selective focus on park financing

Watery Foundation Blog- recent post below. September 15, 2015 The Florida Department of Environm[...]
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State parks in Alachua County far from self-sufficient

Gainesville resident Danny Davis gets an envelope from the pay station kiosk to pay t[...]
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Additional public grazing land for cattle proposed to make state parks more self-sufficient

OSTEEN — Fat cattle graze peacefully on publicly owned conservation land along the St. Johns [...]
Our opinion: The nature business

Our opinion: The nature business

(Photo: Florida State Parks) We’ll admit, Tallahasseeans reflexively get a little nervous when Fl[...]
Friday's letters: Park funding smoke and mirrors

Friday's letters: Park funding smoke and mirrors

Florida's Department of Environmental Protection now says that state parks should generate more reve[...]
Don’t change character of state parks

Don’t change character of state parks

Florida’s parks have been recognized three times — in 1999, 2005 and 2013 — as the nation’s best par[...]
Plan for managing Florida's state parks causes concern

Plan for managing Florida's state parks causes concern

News-Journal file/Nigel Cook Blue Spring State Park in Orange City, where the manatees are a crowd [...]
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Another View: Hunting in state parks? No shock, considering track record

Anyone who is shocked by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s proposal to open up stat[...]
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Editorial: When being best isn't good enough

Published: Monday, August 31, 2015 at 6:01 a.m. Florida’s parks have been recognized th[...]
DEP’s state park revenue push rankles

DEP’s state park revenue push rankles

(Photo: Democrat files) Grand ideas to turn Florida’s state parks into money-makers have come and go[...]
Petition opposes agricultural expansion for Paynes Prairie

Petition opposes agricultural expansion for Paynes Prairie

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla - Paynes Prairie may soon expand when it comes to agricultural activities, meant[...]
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Protecting state parks

Protecting state parks

Gainesville Sun Editorial Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 6:01 a.m. Last Modified: Monday, Ju[...]
State officials clash with critics over controversial DEP secretary appointment

State officials clash with critics over controversial DEP secretary appointment

by Monivette Cordeiro, Orlando Weekly.Com "Three-time gold medal winner." Over and over again,[...]
Marjorie Harris Carr/Paynes Prairie History Bus Tour

Marjorie Harris Carr/Paynes Prairie History Bus Tour

October 24, 2015Saturday  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Matheson History Museum 513 East University Avenu[...]
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Katherine C. Ewel: Paynes Prairie provides valuable services to society

Recent discussion of whether we should be making state parks pay for themselves by allowing hunting,[...]
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Editorial: Protecting state parks

Sandhill cranes fly over Paynes cheap mlb jerseys Prairie. File Vick As chief naturalist Crane [...]
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Fred Grimm: Bambi’s bulletproof days in Florida may be near an end

Fred Grimm: Bambi’s bulletproof days in Florida may be near an end

Damn those cheap jerseys furry freeloaders anyhow, Brot hiding behind their inherent cuteness wi[...]
DEP’s Jon Steverson wants to cut down more trees and do it faster

DEP’s Jon Steverson wants to cut down more trees and do it faster

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