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Everett Named Forest 
Conservationist of the Year
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     Miami, FL--Ted Everett, owner of Hard Labor Creek Plantation, was recently recognized by the Florida Wildlife Federation as Forest Conservationist of the Year for 2006. Mr. Everett was presented his award at the 69th Annual Awards Banquet held at the Miami Beach Rod and Reel Club on June 24, 2006.

 Nominees for this award have made contributions in sound forest management practices, which are crucial tot he preservation of wildlife and our way of life. It is the woods which make dark water creeks and create the home for deer, bear, and turkeys. It is also the woods which make for commercial enterprises based on the renewable trees and the product which we all enjoy. Mr. Everett was chosen by the Federation's Board of Directors to receive this award because of his appreciation and protection of the woodlands in his care. 

     In the early 1990's, Mr. Everett began applying prescribed fire to his pine stands. This practice, which has lately gained much-needed support, is critical to the ecological well-being of our longleaf/wiregrass ecosystem and all the plants and animals that depend upon that system. He also uses select cuts and thinning of trees to benefit both flora and fauna. Furthermore, Hard Labor Creek Plantation is the site of educational programs conducted for "at-risk" children.

     The Florida Wildlife Federation is a private, statewide, non-profit citizens' conservation education organization composed of thousands  of concerned Floridians and others from all walks of life who have a common interest in preserving, managing, and improving Florida's fish, wildlife, soil, water, and plant life.


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