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 a vast marsh, sharing the La Chua Trail with alligators, wild bison and cracker horses? They do so to enjoy abundant and diverse nature and easily observed and photographed wildlife, including […] Click here to view original […]

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 manager at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park while former state Department of Environmental Protection assistant secretary Lisa Edgar replaces Forgione. The park service is part of DEP, and spokeswoman Laura Engel said […] Click here to view original […]

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 director of the Florida Park Service, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday. Edgar, who will leave the Florida Public Service Commission at the end of the year, will start […] Click here to view original […]

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 the state’s top parks post, which was left vacant recently by the reassignment of a popular parks veteran. Although a state spokeswoman maintained on Monday that park operations will be managed in the interim by assistants, a memo surfaced on social […]

State Parks director reassigned

State Parks director reassigned

(Photo: Democrat files) Donald Forgione, longtime director of the state parks, has been reassigned to Paynes Prairie State Park, leaving environmentalists to ask why. Forgione is a 32-year Department of Environmental Protection employee and came up through the ranks – the first person to rise from park ranger to director of the Florida Park Service. […]

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 this state’s more than 160 parks become self-sustaining businesses, even if that means opening up pristine lands to hunting, cattle grazing or logging? This debate, which has been simmering for more than year, just intensified as Gov. Rick Scott and […]

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, rekindling fears over how Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration maneuvering to extract more revenue from the state’s natural playgrounds and preservation lands. Donald Forgione was appointed in 2010 as director of the service, which manages more than 170 springs, seashore and […]

Paynes Prairie Goes On Without Management – WUFT

Paynes Prairie Goes On Without Management By Brooke Steinberg November 9, 2016 Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park has yet to find someone to replace its manager, David Jowers, who retired in April. It is common for any public agency to go without management while they are transitioning, said Dr. Taylor Stein, professor of ecotourism and […]

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 tower at the La Chua Trail on Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Brad McClenny/Staff photographer Last Modified: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 4:22 p.m. In 1916, 168 cars filled with members […] Click here to view original […]

Paynes Prairie Preserve

Paynes Prairie Preserve

Visit Florida’s first state preserve! Payne’s Prairie Preserve State Park became Florida’s first state preserve in 1971. Now designated as a National Natural Landmark the preserve offers stunning panoramic views, a wide variety of wildlife and lots of recreation opportunities. The biggest wildlife draw at the preserve are the […] Click here to view original […]