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Honoring and Remembering – Perry W. Oldenburg

Perry WMA
Places are sometimes named in honor of the person who discovered the site, or to recognize those who made invaluable contributions. Yet, sometimes the historic relevance of a name is forgotten. However, by naming the first FWC mitigation park after Perry Oldenburg, a dedicated young biologist, the significance is especially appropriate.
Although he worked with the FWC for only a few years, his background in biology, ecology and chemistry helped strengthen his intense commitment to protect sandhills and other important Florida habitats. A true naturalist, he combined his educational knowledge in wildlife and fisheries management with outreach and hands-on instruction while serving with the Peace Corps Fishculture Training Program in Africa before joining the FWC’s Office of Environmental Services in Tallahassee in 1985.