Florida Forest Service - Blackwater Forestry Center

Florida Forest Service - Blackwater Forestry Center The Florida Forest Service - Blackwater Forestry Center serves Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties and is home to Blackwater River State Forest, the largest state forest in Florida.

Operating as usual

Krul Lake Campground on Blackwater River State Forest will open at reduced camping capacity noon Monday, October 12. Kru...
10/09/2020

Krul Lake Campground on Blackwater River State Forest will open at reduced camping capacity noon Monday, October 12. Krul Day Use remains closed. All other campgrounds and recreation areas have reopened. Visit FloridaStateForests.ReserveAmerica.com or call 1-877-879-3859 for reservations.

Florida Forest Service
10/05/2020
Florida Forest Service

Florida Forest Service

Urban Forest Strike Teams are assessing Hurricane #Sally tree damage in public parks throughout #Escambia County and the City of Pensacola this week to help with recovery efforts.

Read on to learn more about how the Florida Forest Service is working with local partners and @GATrees to collect and share data with county and city officials to assist with the removal or mitigation of the damaged #trees.

http://bit.ly/UrbanForestStrikeTeams

Escambia County has issued a burn ban. Burns authorized by the Florida Forest Service are exempt from this order.
10/02/2020

Escambia County has issued a burn ban. Burns authorized by the Florida Forest Service are exempt from this order.

🚫🔥A burn ban will be in effect on Friday, Oct. 2 at 8 a.m. for Escambia County until further notice. The county has experienced significant impacts from Hurricane Sally, resulting in increased fuels from storm debris. 👀 Read more at https://bit.ly/34fTMTP

Friends of Florida State Forests
09/29/2020

Friends of Florida State Forests

While we as humans, don't want to step on the Prickly Pear Cactus, they are one of the Gopher Tortoises favorite foods! So when you see them in the forest don't get poked but look around to see if a Tortoise is having lunch.

As our area begins the clean up process from Hurricane Sally, there are several important things to remember when it com...
09/18/2020

As our area begins the clean up process from Hurricane Sally, there are several important things to remember when it comes to burning vegetative debris.
Freshly cut or fallen trees, limbs and leaves will produce a tremendous amount of smoke. With power still out to many in the area, now is not the ideal time for burning this debris and residents are asked to hold off for now or seek alternative removal methods.

#sally #HurricaneSally

Florida Forest Service
09/16/2020

Florida Forest Service

❗️ STATE FOREST UPDATE

Effective Monday, September 14, 2020, all campgrounds located on the Blackwater River State Forest, Pine Log State Forest, and Point Washington State Forest are CLOSED due to #HurricaneSally.

Based on initial assessments and recovery efforts in progress, the Florida Forest Service will be extending the closures and anticipates re-opening these State Forest campgrounds at noon on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

* All currently closed recreation areas shall remain closed until further notice.

Visit www.FloridaStateForests.ReserveAmerica.com or call 1-877-879-3859 with questions about reservations during this time.

Florida Forest Service
09/14/2020

Florida Forest Service

❗️ NOTICE: State Forest Campground Closures in preparation for #HurricaneSally

Effective today at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT, all campgrounds located on the Blackwater River State Forest, Pine Log State Forest, and Point Washington State Forest will be closed in preparation for #HurricaneSally.

Pending damage assessments, the Florida Forest Service anticipates re-opening these campgrounds at noon on Friday, September 18, 2020.

All current recreation area closures will remain closed until further notice.

Visit www.FloridaStateForests.ReserveAmerica.com or call 1-877-879-3859 with questions about reservations during this time.

Two weeks to go to get your entries in for the Smokey bumper sticker contest. Rainy days are great for at-home art proje...
09/14/2020

Two weeks to go to get your entries in for the Smokey bumper sticker contest. Rainy days are great for at-home art projects. #OnlyYou Smokey Bear #FLFire

Smokey Bear needs your help

Smokey Bear has asked the Florida Forest Service to reach out and find a new and creative way to get his message across on a bumper sticker. Think you have what it takes to help Smokey Bear out? We think you do. We want to see what our Florida residents can come up with to get his message out.

Submit your artwork using the provided template or create your own as long as it is 11.5 inches wide by 3 inches tall. Artwork can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Smokey Bear at 6089 Old Bagdad Highway, FL 32583. Winners will receive a fully loaded Smokey swag bag and will have their bumper stickers printed for distribution statewide.

Entries must be received by September 30, 2020 and must contain a wildfire prevention message that has to do with human-caused fires – arson, escaped debris burns, fireworks, campfires, etc. Works cannot contain any profanity, sexuality, racial, or any other type of inappropriate words, phrases, or imagery. Any inappropriate words, phrases or imagery will automatically disqualify the submission. The art also cannot contain the Florida Forest Service shield. Entries will be broken into three age groups: 10 and younger, 11 to 18 years old and 19 and older. All submissions become property of the Florida Forest Service, United States Forest Service and the Ad Council.
#SmokeyBear #FFSBumperStickerContest #FlFire #OnlyYou

08/17/2020
Florida Forest Service

Florida Forest Service

#Urbanforestry is an essential part of Florida’s economy and accounts for more than 80,000 jobs and $8 billion and the Florida Forest Service is accepting applications for three grants aimed to help urban forests. The deadline for all three is this Friday, August 21, 2020.

The Hurricane Michael Urban and Community Forest Recovery Grant offers financial assistance to impacted communities for recovery projects such as planting trees, conducting a tree inventory or canopy assessment and completing an urban forest management plan. This program is available to local governments, educational institutions, Native American tribal governments, and nonprofit groups located in the 18 federally-declared counties impacted by #HurricaneMichael. Qualified participants may apply for up to $50,000.

The other grants are the Urban and Community Forestry and the Managing Community Forests grant programs.

To submit a proposal or to learn more, visit the Florida Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program webpage below or contact your local Florida Forest Service County Forester. All qualifying applications will be evaluated and ranked for approval.

www.FDACS.gov/UrbanForestry

Florida Forest Service - Blackwater Forestry Center
07/24/2020

Florida Forest Service - Blackwater Forestry Center

Smokey Bear needs your help

Smokey Bear has asked the Florida Forest Service to reach out and find a new and creative way to get his message across on a bumper sticker. Think you have what it takes to help Smokey Bear out? We think you do. We want to see what our Florida residents can come up with to get his message out.

Submit your artwork using the provided template or create your own as long as it is 11.5 inches wide by 3 inches tall. Artwork can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Smokey Bear at 6089 Old Bagdad Highway, FL 32583. Winners will receive a fully loaded Smokey swag bag and will have their bumper stickers printed for distribution statewide.

Entries must be received by September 30, 2020 and must contain a wildfire prevention message that has to do with human-caused fires – arson, escaped debris burns, fireworks, campfires, etc. Works cannot contain any profanity, sexuality, racial, or any other type of inappropriate words, phrases, or imagery. Any inappropriate words, phrases or imagery will automatically disqualify the submission. The art also cannot contain the Florida Forest Service shield. Entries will be broken into three age groups: 10 and younger, 11 to 18 years old and 19 and older. All submissions become property of the Florida Forest Service, United States Forest Service and the Ad Council.
#SmokeyBear #FFSBumperStickerContest #FlFire #OnlyYou

Florida Forest Service
07/10/2020

Florida Forest Service

📌 NOW Accepting Applications for the 2020 Southern Pine Beetle Assistance & Prevention Program to Help Landowners Combat Outbreaks

Open to non-industrial, private forest landowners in 44 northern #Florida counties, the known range of the southern pine beetle.

Pine forests are an essential part of Florida's ecosystem. Awareness is key, and this program seeks to help landowners improve the health and productivity of their pine forests.

Applications will be accepted through August 6, 2020.

Read on to learn more: https://bit.ly/SPBPrevention

Unfortunately, we will not be able to open Krul Recreation area as planned.
07/08/2020

Unfortunately, we will not be able to open Krul Recreation area as planned.

📌UPDATE RE: STATE FOREST CLOSURES DUE TO #COVID19

Due to the exponential increase in COVID-19 cases, group recreation areas and select other areas will remain CLOSED until further notice.

Visit FDACS.gov/FLStateForests to learn more about Florida's State Forests.

Florida Forest Service
07/03/2020

Florida Forest Service

Since January, 1,845 fires have burned more than 86,600 acres throughout Florida.

"Despite recent rainfall, the potential for wildfire always exists when using fire and fireworks outdoors. It is important for everyone to understand that Florida’s unique, fire-prone vegetation has the potential to ignite a fire at any time." - Erin Albury, State Forester & Florida Forest Service Director

Read on here: https://bit.ly/FireSafetyForIndependenceDay

KRUL LAKE RECREATION AREA WILL OPEN JULY 10Most Florida State Forest campgrounds and recreation areas are now open to th...
07/01/2020

KRUL LAKE RECREATION AREA WILL OPEN JULY 10
Most Florida State Forest campgrounds and recreation areas are now open to the public with limited capacity as the Florida Forest Service continues to follow CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19.
View the complete list of open and closed recreation areas:https://www.fdacs.gov/content/download/92035/file/FFS-Phase-Two-06242020.pdf

Smokey Bear needs your helpSmokey Bear has asked the Florida Forest Service to reach out and find a new and creative way...
06/26/2020

Smokey Bear needs your help

Smokey Bear has asked the Florida Forest Service to reach out and find a new and creative way to get his message across on a bumper sticker. Think you have what it takes to help Smokey Bear out? We think you do. We want to see what our Florida residents can come up with to get his message out.

Submit your artwork using the provided template or create your own as long as it is 11.5 inches wide by 3 inches tall. Artwork can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Smokey Bear at 6089 Old Bagdad Highway, FL 32583. Winners will receive a fully loaded Smokey swag bag and will have their bumper stickers printed for distribution statewide.

Entries must be received by September 30, 2020 and must contain a wildfire prevention message that has to do with human-caused fires – arson, escaped debris burns, fireworks, campfires, etc. Works cannot contain any profanity, sexuality, racial, or any other type of inappropriate words, phrases, or imagery. Any inappropriate words, phrases or imagery will automatically disqualify the submission. The art also cannot contain the Florida Forest Service shield. Entries will be broken into three age groups: 10 and younger, 11 to 18 years old and 19 and older. All submissions become property of the Florida Forest Service, United States Forest Service and the Ad Council.
#SmokeyBear #FFSBumperStickerContest #FlFire #OnlyYou

Florida Forest Service Now Accepting Applications for Urban and Community Forestry Grant Programs / 2020 Press Releases ...
06/23/2020
Florida Forest Service Now Accepting Applications for Urban and Community Forestry Grant Programs / 2020 Press Releases / Press Releases / News & Events / Home - Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Florida Forest Service Now Accepting Applications for Urban and Community Forestry Grant Programs / 2020 Press Releases / Press Releases / News & Events / Home - Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

All Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offices are currently closed to the public until further notice.

Florida Forest Service Reopens Additional Recreation Areas, Moves to Cash-Free Point-of-Sale System / 2020 Press Release...
06/22/2020
Florida Forest Service Reopens Additional Recreation Areas, Moves to Cash-Free Point-of-Sale System / 2020 Press Releases / Press Releases / News & Events / Home - Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Florida Forest Service Reopens Additional Recreation Areas, Moves to Cash-Free Point-of-Sale System / 2020 Press Releases / Press Releases / News & Events / Home - Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

All Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offices are currently closed to the public until further notice.

This program covers all three counties in the Blackwater area.
06/10/2020

This program covers all three counties in the Blackwater area.

📌 ATTENTION FLORIDA LANDOWNERS

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program.

The primary objective of this program is to increase the acreage of healthy longleaf pine forests in Florida by assisting eligible, non-industrial private forest landowners with the long-term investment necessary to establish and maintain the valuable longleaf pine ecosystem.

Private lands located within the 58 counties north of Lake Okeechobee, the historical range of longleaf pine, are eligible for the program.

The deadline to apply is July 8, 2020.

Learn more here:
https://bit.ly/FloridaForestServiceAnnouncesLongleafIncentiveProgram

The Longleaf Pine Private Landowner Incentive Program is supported through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with funding from the Southern Company, the U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Florida Forest Service incident management teams were among the first in the nation to manage large incidents in the COV...
06/05/2020

Florida Forest Service incident management teams were among the first in the nation to manage large incidents in the COVID-19 environment. Here's what they learned:

Two IMT's share lessons in this RLS:

"Both Incident Management Teams were able to secure COVID-19 nasal swab testing before sending any personnel home from the incident. In some cases, testing was done a day or two ahead of travel to ensure test results were received before the employee returned to their home district. Following the test, personnel were isolated to the greatest extent possible."

3 Pages: https://www.wildfirelessons.net/viewdocument/florida-forest-service-imt-covid-mi

#BlackwaterDriveFire is 100% contained at 3 acres. Crews are working to improve lines and have released the fire departm...
05/23/2020

#BlackwaterDriveFire is 100% contained at 3 acres. Crews are working to improve lines and have released the fire department. #flfire

‪Two tractor/plow units responding to a wildfire in Santa Rosa County off of Ward Basin Road/Blackwater Drive- one worki...
05/23/2020

‪Two tractor/plow units responding to a wildfire in Santa Rosa County off of Ward Basin Road/Blackwater Drive- one working, one en route. Estimated 1 acre at this time. #flfire ‬

Clear Creek OHV Area opens tomorrow! Current ANNUAL OHV passholders only. NO new annual passes or single day passes unti...
05/21/2020

Clear Creek OHV Area opens tomorrow! Current ANNUAL OHV passholders only. NO new annual passes or single day passes until further notice. Clear Creek Campground remains closed.

🌲 STATE FOREST ANNOUNCEMENT 🌲

OHV (off-highway vehicle) riding areas located on #Florida state #forests will re-open with limited capacity on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 12 P.M. EST.

🔸 Current ANNUAL OHV passholders only.
🔸 No new annual passes or single day passes will be sold until further notice.

This is the Florida Forest Service's second phase of re-opening #recreation areas located on state #forests while continuing to follow CDC guidelines for #COVID19.

Most campgrounds, primitive campsites and trailheads re-opened on May 8, 2020. Visit FDACS.gov/FLStateForests for a complete list of open and closed recreation areas.

5 Mile Swamp Fire Daily Update - May 21, 2020MILTON, Fla. – All non-district personnel and equipment have been pulled fr...
05/21/2020

5 Mile Swamp Fire Daily Update - May 21, 2020

MILTON, Fla. – All non-district personnel and equipment have been pulled from the 5 Mile Swamp Fire after another day of significant rain pushed through the area. Officials with the Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater Forestry Center are releasing outside crews in the next day and local firefighters will monitor and patrol what few areas of concern might remain. The 5 Mile Swamp fire is 2,215 acres and 97% contained.

Roughly 2 inches of rain has been recorded at the reporting station nearest the fire and this will be the final regular update for this fire barring significant developments.

Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties remain under county-imposed burn bans and the Florida Forest Service is not issuing burn authorizations. Residents are asked to call the non-emergency line for their respective area to report violations and 911 for emergency situations only.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests and provides forest management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests. The Florida Forest Service is also responsible for protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FDACS.gov/FLForestService.
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#FLFire #5mileswampfire

5 Mile Swamp Fire Daily Update - May 20, 2020MILTON, Fla. –Despite a fair amount of rain on the fire area, officials wit...
05/20/2020

5 Mile Swamp Fire Daily Update - May 20, 2020

MILTON, Fla. –Despite a fair amount of rain on the fire area, officials with the Florida Forest Service continue to be cautious and are keeping crews active in seeking out any lingering heat that might be buried deep within the 2,215-acre footprint of the 5 Mile Swamp Fire. Firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol in search of hot spots and mop up where needed. The fire is 97% contained.

With previously dry conditions, heat has penetrated deep into the vegetative matter that lies below the surface in some portions of the fire. While the rains have helped, more is needed to reach those pockets of lingering heat. A chance of rain is forecast for the area this evening and tomorrow.

As needles continue to fall from scorched trees, residents are likely to witness what’s known as reburn. This is a process where trees that were affected by the fire but not completely burned will drop their remaining leaves and needles which then can flare up as they’re ignited by hot spots with the fire’s perimeter. Any reburn or flares should be well within containment lines and pose little risk of escape.

Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties have enacted burn bans and the Florida Forest Service is not issuing burn authorizations. Residents are asked to call the non-emergency line for their respective area to report violations and 911 for emergency situations only.

Motorists are encouraged to be on the lookout for smoke on the road anytime there’s a wildfire nearby. Drivers should treat the smoke as fog, turn on low-beam headlights and slow down. If conditions worsen, drivers should pull safely off the side of the road and turn on their hazard lights while waiting for visibility to improve.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests and provides forest management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests. The Florida Forest Service is also responsible for protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at FDACS.gov/FLForestService.
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#FLFire #5mileswampfire

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11650 Munson Highway
Milton, FL
32570

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The Florida Forest Service manages over one million acres of public forest land and protects 26 million acres of homes, businesses, private lands, and natural resources from wildfire.

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Tuesday 07:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 16:00
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So is Krul Lake swim area open??
I am sad and worried to read that the burn ban has been lifted in Santa Rosa County. Down here on the Fairpoint Peninsula we did not get much rain and I've heard that the area around the 5 Mile Swamp Fire is still pretty dry. :( "Santa Rosa County lifts burn ban May 28 - 10 a.m. - After significant rainfall in the past week, and discussions with Florida Forest Service, the board of county commissioners has voted to lift the burn ban. Residents are reminded that it is always illegal to burn trash."
Florida Forest Service - Blackwater Forestry Center Words cannot describe the help Skiwatch Estates received from the Wildlife and Forestry Service during the 5 Mile swamp fire that occurred a few weeks back. Here are some of the photos and videos that were taken during this effort. The Skiwatch homeowners are ever so grateful for all the hard work and dedication it took to save the neighborhood. This is their way to say thank you. Please feel free to share this post so that the Florida Wildlife and Forestry service get the credit they rightfully deserve!
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