April 13, 1998
Resolution Puts Florida Forests In Spotlight
Of Earth Day Observance
TALLAHASSEE -- The importance of Floridas vast forest land to the states economy, environment and recreation will be highlighted during the April 14 Cabinet meeting. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford is sponsoring a resolution designating the fourth week in April each year as "Florida Forests Awareness Week." The resolution is being done in conjunction with the observance of Earth Day.
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Forestry Association have been involved in a statewide campaign to educate school children about the balance needed to protect this natural resource and still meet the publics needs for the products that come from trees. More than 17,000 middle- and elementary-school students have gone through the Florida Forests Forever Showvan, an 18-wheel traveling classroom where kids can play an interactive CD-ROM.
"Florida has more than a million acres of forest land, so its crucial that our children be knowledgeable about this vital resource because they are the citizens who will be responsible for managing Floridas forests in the future," Crawford said. "This education campaign provides a high-tech way for the kids to learn and have fun at the same time."
Another component of the program is Project Learning Tree, another hands-on environmental education program.
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