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Salute to Service Florida Forest Service Hosts Wounded Veterans on State Forests In November 2012, over Veterans Day weekend, Commissioner ember m In Novem r Putnam hosted am a e Putnam hoste several wounded veterans for a deer hunt on his proper ty Po e y property in Polk County. Under the OOF program, hunters participate in turkey, deer, hog, and quail hunts on state forests throughout Florida during the appropriate seasons. Also, OOF hunts are equipped to accommodate any range of service-related injuries to ensure a quality hunt experience. M any militar y veterans across Florida are hunting for the first time with the help of a new program aimed at increasing hunting an recreation opportunities for huntin hunting and nti n wounded se wounde wounded servicemen and women. Ch a m C h am pi Championed by Agr iculture Commission Commis n Commissioner Adam H. Putnam, Operation Outdoo r Outdoor Freedom (OOF) is a program of Outdoor Fre th Florida the Flor the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consum Consumer Services’ Florida Forest Service Consumer S that es a that designates that designa specific areas on state forests fo hun g for hunting for hunting and recreation by wounded vetera veterans. veterans. er Form Form z Formalized by the state legislature in rmaliz 2011 2011, Operation Outdoor Freedom allows 2011, Opera r th Florida the Flori F the Florida Forest Service to designate specific areas on state forests to be recreated ci ar cifi areas o exclusiv y exclusively exclusively by wounded veterans of the xcl Un ted United States United State Armed Forces. Currently, over te 95 percent 95 percent of Florida’s state forest system er is open is open to public hunting. OOF hunts are pe p planne planned planned on the remaining five percent that is ed t to small o too sm too small to be put in Wildlife Management Areas. Areas. Public Areas. Publi hunting areas are not closed re l or af fected f or affected for OOF hunts. ffect Hosted on Twin Rivers State Forest in Hamilton County, veterans hunted turkey, shot skeet, and relaxed with Florida Forest Service staff from the Suwannee District. Florida Forests 14 Spring/Summer 2013 http://naylornetwork.com/for-nxt

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2013

Executive Outlook
Passing the Gavel: Florida Forestry Association President
Tree Farmer of the Year
National Outstanding Logger
Florida's Outstanding Logger
Sustainability Award
Legislator of the Year
Distinguished Service Award
Salute to Service
Teaching the Teacher
Liability Insurance Protects From Lawsuits
Log A Load for Kids
Advertiser's Index/Advertisers.com
Help Rebuild the Austin Cary Memorial Forest Learning Center

FLORIDAForests - Spring/Summer 2013