Help Lend a Hand on Florida's Public Lands!

HELP LEND A HAND ON FLORIDA'S PUBLIC LANDS!

Take Pride in America, the Take Pride Partners Council, and Florida State Parks have joined together to assist in the recovery of hurricane-damaged federal, state and local public lands in Florida. This month, Governor Jeb Bush will launch Take Pride in Florida to encourage volunteer-led conservation projects, preserve America’s public lands and foster a culture of service in others.

On National Make a Difference Day, October 23, hundreds of volunteers will join national, state and local leaders for the nation’s largest day of volunteering to clean up and restore public lands, waters and beaches damaged by the four major hurricanes that recently swept across the state.

In late 2003, we organized a similar campaign in Southern California to aid some 730,000 acres damaged by fires. Through this effort, volunteers pledged more than 400,000 hours of their time. Special heroes in this effort included the Good Sam Club, Girl Scouts of America, Bass Pro Shops, California OHV organizations and Disney. We need similar support to help Florida's public lands recover from four devastating hurricanes.

Go to www.takepride.info and click on Take Pride in Florida to pledge online or click here and complete a pledge card for either yourself or your organization and fax it to Take Pride in Florida for inclusion in the October 23 announcement of annual pledge hours. If you have any questions please contact Florida Take Pride in America Deputy Coordinator Phillip Werndli at (850) 245-3098 or phillip.werndli@dep.state.fl.us.