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FWC land manager receives award from Cabinet

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Friday, September 04, 2015

Media contact: Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585

Jean McCollom, a land manager for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Okaloacoochee Slough Wildlife Management Area, received the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Jim Stevenson Resource Manager of the Year award at a Sept. 1 Florida Cabinet meeting in St. Augustine.

This award recognizes outstanding resource-management achievements by the hundreds of resource managers who protect state properties.

As part of FWC’s priority to professionally manage sensitive state lands to protect their ecological value and biological diversity, the now-retired McCollom led prescribed burning, exotic plant removal and species-monitoring efforts and oversaw public hunting and other nature-based recreation at the WMA.

“Jean was dedicated and innovative in her efforts,” said Mike Brooks, leader of FWC’s Wildlife and Habitat Management Section and one of McCollom’s former supervisors. “She led efforts to advance ground cover restoration on the WMA and around the state, helping ensure Florida’s natural communities remain intact, benefiting not only wildlife but the citizens and visitors to our state.”

McCollom coordinated with partner agencies to restore hundreds of acres of native ground cover. She also served as an unassuming expert and selfless mentor to other biologists in her field. McCollom served as a member of FWC’s Ground Cover Restoration Implementation Strategy Team that developed the guidebook currently used to assist with and promote successful ground cover restoration projects.

“She demonstrated a true commitment and passion for the preservation of Florida’s public lands,” Brooks said.

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