Panama City News - Herald May 21, 1974
Gulf Students Participate In Annual Forestry Program One hundred and eighty-eight sixth-grade students of Gulf County participated in the 24th annual Forestry Day at the White City Work Center of the Division of Forestry. The students and their teachers Journeyed from Port St. Joe, Highland View and Wewahitchka for a day of instructions in fire prevention, forest management and wildlife conservation. Forestry Day was initiated in 1950, and is nowjointly sponsored by the Gulf County Forest Fire Prevention Committee, St. Joe Paper Company, Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, and the Florida Division of Forestry. Six stations were used in a county fair system of instruction. Instructors were provided by the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and Florida Naval Warfare Group Meeting Division of Forestry. At the first station the students climbed the fire tower to learn how fires are detected, located and crews dispatched to suppress them. Forest Ranger Archie Marshall manned this station. Frest Ranger Milton Strength stressed the importance of forest fire prevention at Station 2. The causes of wild fires and their effects were explained. "Each year there are a few fires in Gulf County which are delibrately set," said Strength, "but many of our fires are caused by human carelessness."