Webinar and Virtual Meeting
Thursday, October 22 - 7 p.m.
Topic: The Environmental Values of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park


 
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About the Presenter

Eugene Kelly is a Conservation Biologist with a long history of working to conserve natural Florida.  He worked as the Environmental Lands Planner for the Southwest Florida Water Management District where he helped identify lands to be protected through the Save Our Rivers, Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever land acquisition programs, and also played the lead role in writing land management and public use plans for the acquired properties.  After 16 years at SWFWMD, Gene spent 5 years serving as the Conservation Planner for the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy before working for several years as a Wildlife Biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  He is currently semi-retired, but remains actively involved with the Florida Native Plant Society, where he serves on the Board of Directors as Chair of the Policy and Legislation Committee.


Scrub habitat in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park    | Photo courtesy of Gene Kelly
The Topic

Gene will provide an overview of the environmental values of the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

Topics will include the native wildlife and plant communities, regional significance, and the recently completed Weeki Wachee Carrying Capacity Study that was conducted to provide a basis for improved management of the degraded parts of the river system.

An updated 10-year management plan is now in preparation, so this is a fortuitous time to learn more about a valuable local resource.


At right, Curtiss' milkweed. This plant is listed as endangered by the State of Florida.
Photo courtesy of Gene Kelly
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