Florida Forest Service

Final Public Hearing
2:51 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Residents Against Military Training In Blackwater River State Forest

Residents pack Bagdad Recreational Facility for the final public hearing on proposed military training in the Blackwater River State Forest.
Credit Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

About 180 area residents, concerned about the possibility of increased military training in the Blackwater River State Forest, filled the Bagdad Recreational Facility in Santa Rosa County Thursday night for the final public hearing on the Air Force plan.

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Wildfire Awareness
3:46 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Florida Observes Wildfire Awareness Week

Credit Photo via Flickr//Ben Watts

This is Wildfire Awareness Week in Florida, during a time of the year when firefighters are working to minimize risk to homes, businesses and residents. So far this year, more than 500 wildfires have blackened about 9,000 acres statewide.  

Wildfires generally occur in the spring and early summer months due to a lack of rainfall, low humidity and strong winds combined with increased yard burns. There have been 61 blazes in the Blackwater District of the Florida Forest Service – which covers Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties – that have burned just over 3,200 acres.

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Town Hall to be Held at Milton Community Center
6:05 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Air Force Discusses Proposal For Training in Blackwater River State Forest

The Air Force is hosting two public town hall meetings this week to discuss proposed plans for military training in the Blackwater River and Tate’s Hell State Forests.  The first town hall to be held Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Milton Community Center will focus on the Blackwater River State Forest.

“Well, we want to make sure the public has a good understanding of what we’re trying to accomplish,” says Mike Spaits, Environmental Public Affairs Officer for Eglin Air Force Base.

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