We look forward to even bigger things in 2022
– Tammy Gustafson
TALLAHASSEE, FL, USA, December 14, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ –
The Florida State Parks Foundation celebrated a year of extraordinary achievement, President Tammy Gustafson said in her year-end message to members.
âAs we approach the end of the year, it is good to reflect on all the incredible accomplishments we have accomplished together to make our award-winning Florida state parks even better,â said Gustafson. “We look forward to even bigger things in 2022 with your help.”
The Foundation started 2021 with tremendous success by introducing a bill to establish a specialty license in Florida State Park for the benefit of park projects, then garnering overwhelming bipartisan legislative backing to get it approved. Impressively, the license plate crossed its threshold of 3,000 pre-orders in less than 34 days, entered production and will be available in early 2022.
âThe Foundation is truly fortunate to have the support of thousands of people who recognize the importance of our fabulous state parks and the need to protect and preserve them for generations to come,â said Gustafson. âThe impact you have cannot be overstated. Your generosity has enabled the Foundation to achieve significant accomplishments in its mission to protect, preserve, maintain and grow our Florida State Parks. “
Gustafson went on to recognize some of the Foundation’s most important milestones over the past year:
âYour generosity helped us finance, build and launch the very first wheelchair accessible glass bottom boat in Silver Springs State Park. In keeping with the tradition of naming the glass bottom boats of Silver Springs after Seminole tribal chiefs, the new boat is named Chief Potackee – Betty Mae Tiger Jumper, after the only woman to have served as chief of the tribe. Seminole from Florida.
“Thanks to you, we have improved the accessibility of our parks by funding a new accessible playground at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, inaugurating the first phase of an accessible fishing dock at Oscar State Park Scherer and providing wheelchairs accessible to the beach at each coastal state park.
“Your continued largesse has improved the care and conservation of wildlife by increasing resources for marine turtle needs in Sebastian Inlet State Park and John D. MacArthur Beach State Park,” maintaining habitat for the endangered roundel woodpecker at St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, expanded manatee care at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, and funded coral reef research at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
“You helped improve the ability to share our historical and cultural resources by funding the Flight to Freedom Trail at Fort Mose Historic State Park, telling the story of the first liberated black settlement in the pre-colonial United States and commemorating also two civil rights the heroes and namesakes of the park at Dr. Von D. Mizell State Park – Eula Johnson, who will finally have their stories told through interpretive panels.
âYou’ve helped make our parks even greener by funding swamp pine restoration work through our Plant a Pine program and providing electrically accessible streetcars to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.
âAnd, at the Florida State Parks Foundation, we’ve grown our membership to record levels. We funded the training of dozens of rangers this year and advocated for the strongest park budget in recent history.
âThanks to the work of many, a lot has been accomplished. Together, we will continue to ensure that Florida State Parks remain the best in the country and a treasure we can all be proud of.
The Foundation, founded in 1993 as Friends of Florida State Parks and renamed in 2018, is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to support and help maintain the Florida Park Service. , its 175 award-winning parks and trails, groups of local friends and more than 20,000 park volunteers.
It does this through programs that preserve and protect state parks, educate visitors on the value of state parks, encourage community engagement and active use of state parks, and advocacy.
The volunteer board of directors represents the private and public sectors as well as local and national interests.
Julia gill woodward
Florida State Parks Foundation
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