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Important Addition to Torreya State Park Acquired

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Important Addition to Torreya State Park Acquired

~The park harbors many rare and native animals and plants
such as the nearly extinct Florida torreya tree~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently purchased a 65-acre addition to Torreya State Park in Jackson County. Torreya State Park is adjacent to the Apalachicola River Florida Forever project, which includes much of Florida’s upland glades natural community, currently not represented on conservation lands, and harbors several globally rare plant species as well as 16 species that occur nowhere else in Florida. (more…)

Meandering by Homer

Feel free to read, to laugh with me, to cry when appropriate, and to, as Lil’ Abner (whom I quote often) says “angrify” if it fits.

Men for My Rivers – Part One

By Homer Hirt

“There was but one abiding ambition, and that was to leave home, and return…… as a river pilot” (Mark Twain)

Several years ago I went out to the Mount Pleasant cemetery near Chattahoochee for a graveside service. I stood about fifty feet back from the crowd, close enough to hear but far enough away to observe.

I felt something under my feet, and I looked down. Half-hidden by the centipede grass runners was a narrow marker with a name and a death date, and nothing more. I carefully scrubbed the grass back with the toe of my boot.

Here was the final resting place for Sam Cameron, although I am not certain that his spirit will ever rest while the Apalachicola, Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers continue their run to the sea. (more…)