Agriculture Press Release

September 30, 1998

Crawford Announces Continuation of
Florida Forests Forever Showvan Tour

TALLAHASSEE Marking the start of the second year of the "Florida Forests Forever" forest education campaign, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford has announced the continuation of the statewide tour of the innovative programs traveling Showvan. Images and information about Floridas beautiful and tranquil forests will again be just a mouse-click away from school children across the state.

Sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Forestry Association, the "Florida Forests Forever" campaign teaches students about how crucial the states forests are to the environment. They will also learn about the thousands of products trees provide, and the variety of recreational activities available in Floridas forests.

The brightly colored 18-wheel Showvan serves as a traveling exhibit and classroom for middle-school students in cities throughout Florida. The Showvan is equipped with 12 computers on which students will experience an interactive CD-ROM that explains the value of Floridas forests and why it is important to take care of them. Students are able to tour a "virtual forest" where they can learn more about animals that make the forest their home.

Students learn about some of the techniques used by foresters and landowners to protect Floridas forests. They can also play a game, "I Wood If I Could," which gives them a fun way to learn about the many products made from trees.

"Our young people should understand how proper forest management can provide the balance required to protect our environment and still meet societys needs for the products that come from trees," said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford. "This CD-ROM and Showvan offer a fun, high-tech way to accomplish that goal."

The Departments Division of Forestry is maintaining, transporting and staffing the Showvan, using its network of district offices as bases. The traveling interactive exhibit will tour Florida this fall, stopping for prearranged visits to middle schools and agriculture-related events. For more information about the "Florida Forests Forever" campaign and photos of the Showvan, visit www.fl-ag.com/forever.htm on the Internet.

"Florida Forests Forever" Showvan 1998 Fall Schedule

October 1-2: Charlotte County

October 5-9: Lee County

October 12-17: Palm Beach County (Environmental Fair at Motorola, Inc.)

October 19-22: Lake & Citrus Counties

October 24-25: Taylor County (Florida Forest Festival in Perry)

October 27-31: Pasco & Hernando Counties

November 1-5: Sumter County

November 8-25: Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto & Hardee Counties

December 1-19: Okeechobee, Indian River and Highlands Counties

Note to television and radio stations:

If you would like to have a spokesperson on a program to talk about the Showvan and the "Florida Forests Forever" campaign, or would like to interview someone on the subject, please contact Doyle Conner Jr., at (850) 922-9828. B-roll video of the Showvan and other components of the campaign, and a video news release about the Showvan are available in Beta, Beta SP and 3/4-inch formats.


For more information:

Pat Garner
(850) 414-8390

Frost Burke
(850) 487-8175

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