Wednesday, January 16, 2019

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: Torreya State Park Reopens

Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued the following announcement on Dec. 12.

The Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service has reopened portions of Torreya State Park for day use following the impacts of Hurricane Michael. The park, which experienced significant damage from Hurricane Michael - including downed trees and debris, facility, boardwalk, road and trail damage - was partially reopened this week following weeks of clean-up and repair.

Visitor safety remains paramount as response efforts continue. Florida State Parks staff continue to work as quickly as possible to finish remaining clean-up and repairs at impacted parks. Amenities and access to certain areas of the parks, including the campground and trails, may be limited until the work is completed.

“Thanks to the hard work of park staff and volunteers, Torreya State Park is open for day use," said Florida State Parks Director Eric Draper. "We hope to reopen all of the state parks impacted by Hurricane Michael as soon as possible."

Torreya State Park is named for an extremely rare species of Torreya tree that only grows on the bluffs along the Apalachicola River. Now that the park has reopened, visitors can once again observe this amazing natural resource.

Of the 31 state parks impacted by the storm, only five parks remain closed. Find a Florida State Park near you and plan your next visit.

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Source: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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