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Supporting Florida’s Award Winning State Park System Friends of Florida State Parks www.friendsoffloridastateparks.com   1...
Who are the “Friends?” <ul><li>The leading advocate of the Florida Park Service  </li></ul><ul><li>Preserving and protecti...
Friends Projects Examples  <ul><li>Provide banking services for parks without a Citizen Support Organization (CSO) </li></...
Where are the Friends involved? <ul><li>160 Award Winning State Parks </li></ul>
<ul><li>Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Recap: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>702,730 acres managed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1,065 full-tim...
<ul><li>Welcome campers to nearly 3,400 campsites and 230 cabins </li></ul>Supporting Florida’s Economy Through Outdoor Re...
<ul><li>Present more than 14,000 park programs </li></ul>Supporting Florida’s Economy Through Outdoor Recreation Ravine Ga...
<ul><li>Offer more than 30 different types of resource-based recreational activities </li></ul>Supporting Florida’s Econom...
<ul><li>Host family gatherings at more than 225 picnic areas </li></ul>Supporting Florida’s Economy Through Outdoor Recrea...
<ul><li>Manage more than 1,600 miles of trails and 100 miles of beaches </li></ul>Supporting Florida’s Economy Through Out...
Protecting Florida’s  Natural Environment <ul><li>Exotic Removal: </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 15,000 acres treated over the p...
<ul><li>Prescribed Burning: </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfires and maintaining fire dependent...
<ul><li>Rare Species Protection: </li></ul><ul><li>94% of Florida’s rarest species are represented in Florida State Parks....
<ul><li>7 National Historic Landmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Manager of more than 2,000 historic and archaeological resources <...
<ul><li>58.7% of operating budget is supported through entry fees, camping and cabin rentals and concession outsourcing. <...
How do volunteers help? <ul><li>With only one full time employee per 660 acres of state park land –volunteers are critical...
Four Great Ways to Help <ul><li>Have your business join Friends of Florida State Parks as a corporate sponsor. </li></ul><...
Supporting Florida’s Award Winning State Parks System Thank You Friends of Florida State Parks www.friendsoffloridastatepa...
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  1. 1. Supporting Florida’s Award Winning State Park System Friends of Florida State Parks www.friendsoffloridastateparks.com 1-800-338-1980
  2. 2. Who are the “Friends?” <ul><li>The leading advocate of the Florida Park Service </li></ul><ul><li>Preserving and protecting state parks </li></ul><ul><li>Educating residents, visitors and volunteers about the importance of state parks </li></ul><ul><li>Creating community support for state parks </li></ul>A nonprofit citizen support organization formed in support of the entire Florida State Park system. Lake Griffin State Park
  3. 3. Friends Projects Examples <ul><li>Provide banking services for parks without a Citizen Support Organization (CSO) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fort Pierce Inlet State Park </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kissimmee Prairie State Park </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Educate Legislators about the value of state parks to Florida citizens and visitors </li></ul><ul><li>Help develop and sponsor new CSOs </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsor annual CSO workshops for volunteer leaders in parks statewide </li></ul>Dudley Farm Historic State Park
  4. 4. Where are the Friends involved? <ul><li>160 Award Winning State Parks </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Fiscal Year 2008-2009 Recap: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>702,730 acres managed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1,065 full-time employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21.4 million visitors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$43.6 million state park revenue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6,000+ volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1,208,182 volunteer hours </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Information: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$1.05 billion economic impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20,107 jobs generated </li></ul></ul>Fort Clinch State Park Supporting Florida’s Economy Through Outdoor Recreation
  6. 6. <ul><li>Welcome campers to nearly 3,400 campsites and 230 cabins </li></ul>Supporting Florida’s Economy Through Outdoor Recreation Silver River State Park Anastasia State Park
  7. 7. <ul><li>Present more than 14,000 park programs </li></ul>Supporting Florida’s Economy Through Outdoor Recreation Ravine Gardens State Park Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
  8. 8. <ul><li>Offer more than 30 different types of resource-based recreational activities </li></ul>Supporting Florida’s Economy Through Outdoor Recreation Rainbow Springs State Park Lake Louisa State Park
  9. 9. <ul><li>Host family gatherings at more than 225 picnic areas </li></ul>Supporting Florida’s Economy Through Outdoor Recreation Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park Bald Point State Park
  10. 10. <ul><li>Manage more than 1,600 miles of trails and 100 miles of beaches </li></ul>Supporting Florida’s Economy Through Outdoor Recreation St. Joseph Peninsula State Park Big Shoals State Park
  11. 11. Protecting Florida’s Natural Environment <ul><li>Exotic Removal: </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 15,000 acres treated over the past three years </li></ul>Highlands Hammock State Park
  12. 12. <ul><li>Prescribed Burning: </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfires and maintaining fire dependent natural communities </li></ul>Protecting Florida’s Natural Environment Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
  13. 13. <ul><li>Rare Species Protection: </li></ul><ul><li>94% of Florida’s rarest species are represented in Florida State Parks. </li></ul>Protecting Florida’s Natural Environment John D. MacArthur Beach State Park (Hawsbill Turtle hatchling) Collier-Seminole State Park (Florida Panther kitten)
  14. 14. <ul><li>7 National Historic Landmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Manager of more than 2,000 historic and archaeological resources </li></ul>Protecting Florida’s Cultural Resources Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
  15. 15. <ul><li>58.7% of operating budget is supported through entry fees, camping and cabin rentals and concession outsourcing. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$11.5 million in revenue from overnight accommodations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>67 concessionaires and outfitters, generate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$5.5 million per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in revenue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entry fees generate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$14.8 million per year </li></ul></ul>How are Florida State Parks Supported? De Leon Springs State Park
  16. 16. How do volunteers help? <ul><li>With only one full time employee per 660 acres of state park land –volunteers are critical. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>80 parks have their own citizen support organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More than 6,000 volunteers contributed 1.2 million hours to state parks last year </li></ul></ul>Oscar Scherer State Park
  17. 17. Four Great Ways to Help <ul><li>Have your business join Friends of Florida State Parks as a corporate sponsor. </li></ul><ul><li>Become a member yourself at the individual, family or patron level. </li></ul><ul><li>Join your local state park Citizen Support Organization and get involved. </li></ul><ul><li>Become a volunteer for your local state park. </li></ul>Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
  18. 18. Supporting Florida’s Award Winning State Parks System Thank You Friends of Florida State Parks www.friendsoffloridastateparks.com 1-800-338-1980
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