January 19, 2017

Florida’s Grandest State Parks: Values and Threats
Speaker, Jim Stevenson

Jim Stevenson

Jim Sevenson

Thursday, January  19
Reception:  7:00 p.m.
Business Meeting:  7:15 p.m.
Program:  7:30 p.m.
Location:  The King Life Sciences Building, 319 Stadium Drive, FSU, 32304
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Florida’s special places compose the nation’s finest state park system. They are Florida’s highest quality state lands including one of the world’s longest and deepest underwater caves, the largest sinkhole and numerous blue water springs.

There are tropical hammocks and coral reefs of the keys: prairies and pinelands, barrier islands and the largest swamp adorned with orchids. A birding wonderland and remarkable native wildlife found in no other state including: manatees, marine turtles, panthers and crocodiles. These natural treasures belong to you and me—- but they are at risk. Will we save them? Join Apalachee Audubon as Jim Stevenson, who served as Florida’s State Parks Chief Naturalist for 20 years, discusses this and more on Thursday, January 19.

Jim Stevenson served as Chief Naturalist of Florida’s State Parks for 20 years during which time he developed the educational and the land management programs for the state park system.

He was Chairman of the Florida Springs Task Force that developed a protection strategy for Florida’s springs and he was Director of Governor Bush’s Florida Springs Initiative that implemented springs protection projects. Jim retired in 2003, after 38 years with the Department of Environmental Protection.

He serves on the boards of the Wakulla Springs Alliance and the Florida Springs Institute.

In recognition of his dedication to the protection of Florida’s springs, the State of Florida named a large spring on the Suwannee River “Stevenson Spring” in his honor.

And for his longstanding stewardship of Florida’s public lands, the Governor and Cabinet dedicated the “Jim Stevenson Resource Manager of the Year Award” that is given annually to the most deserving state land managers in the Florida Park Service, the Florida Forest Service and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.