Panama City News-Herald May 5, 1977
Gulf County Students Enjoy Annual Forestry Day Program Over 200 Gulf County sixth grade students participated In the 27th annual Forestry Day at the White City Fire Control Center during the first week In May. Students and their teachers Journeyed from Port St. Joe, Highland View, and Wcwahlt- chka for a day of instruction, with the Division of Forestry. In fire prevention, fire suppression, forest management, and wildlife conservation. Forestry Day was Initiated in 1950 by the late Alton Hardy, then Gulf County Ranger, and is now Jointly sponsored by the Gulf County Fire Prevention Committee, St. Joe Paper Company. Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and the Florida Division of Forestry. Five stations were used In a county fair system of from Port St. Joe, Highland View, and Wcwahltchka for a day of Instruction, with the Division of Forestry, in fire prevention, fire suppression, forest management, and wildlife conservation. Forest Rangers Milton Strength and Jerry Wheeler stressed the importance of forest fire prevention. Mike Morcc and Bud Schmitt allowed students to climb the fire tower to learn how fires arc detected and Jerry Glrvln, GFWFC, discussed with the children the effects of environmental pollu tion upon fishing and wildlife and ultimately, on people. Forester Ralph Edenfleld discussed forest management and Ranger John Redmon showed the students the flre-fightlng equipment used In wildlife suppression and the techniques employed. After the instruction, the students enjoyed snack lunches and soft drinks, courtesy of St. Joe Paper Company.