On July 13, 2014 at 05:47PM, Tom at Watery Foundation published the following article:
The best natural history interpreter you will ever hear is Jim Stevenson. His book, “My Journey in Florida’s State Parks: A Naturalist’s Memoir,” is just as interesting. It is a “partial” memoir and covers mostly the 25 years he devoted to the Florida Park Service as Park Ranger, Biologist, and Chief Naturalist. Jim packs the book with fascinating true accounts of important events in state parks. First hiking trail in the Florida State Park system? Laid out by Jim in Torreya Park. First prescribed burn? Tested, with Jim’s prompting, at Falling Waters State Recreation Area. Formation of the first “Springs Working Group”? Jim again.
There is more going on, though, than entertaining stories. Many readers will enjoy the vivid narratives and hardly realize that they are absorbing sophisticated theories about resource management. Jim demonstrates how a single person can make a big difference, despite major challenges. Perhaps, if you devote yourself to Florida’s future like Jim has, your own “journey” may include having your name placed on a major spring.
[Note: The link above for the book is for the inexpensive version on Amazon with black-and-white imagery. The slightly more expensive color version is available here.]