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A Precious Balance: How Land Managers and Nature Maintain Weedon Island Preserve
Weedon Island Preserve is a wild place, a place where natural systems are carefully preserved. How are these systems maintained in the most densely populated county in Florida? What steps do we take to help gopher tortoises and other native species survive and thrive? How do we balance our passive recreation activities with the need to keep Weedon’s ecosystems wild and natural? Who plans for the future of Weedon Island Preserve?

These and many other questions will be answered in this segment of “Why It Matters”, featuring Pam Leasure, the Environmental Lands Manager of the Weedon Island Preserve. Ms. Leasure will give us an inside look at the some of the many fascinating aspects of her work - how she solves everyday challenges at the Preserve, what resources she has to do so and she’ll also help us understand what a Land Management Plan is and how is it used. In addition, we will get a good idea of what we can do as visitors to the Weedon Island Preserve to help maintain the precious balance of recreation and wildlands.

This webinar is recommended for adults and youth ages 10+.

Jul 14, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Pam Leasure
Environmental Program Manager @Pinellas County Parks & Conservation Resources
Pam Leasure is the South County Land Manager for Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources. She is responsible for natural resource restoration and protection of the south county Preserves, Parks and Management Area. Her responsibilities include such things as writing of management plans, restoration projects, relocation of species including gopher tortoise, protection of species including beach nesting shore birds and gopher tortoise and prescribed burning. She received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina in Conway, South Carolina. She has worked for Pinellas County since 1988.