Op Ed – Veterans Park

Veterans Park on Okaloosa Island remains one of my favorite parks throughout Florida, a beautiful array of Choctawhatchee Bay views, towering pines and freshwater ponds. That Veterans Park tops my list is really saying something – I’ve visited over 100 Florida state parks in the last two years alone. On a recent visit, I made…

Voices for Biodiversity – From Restaurant to Reef

I sat at a high table at Half Shell Oyster House in Destin, Florida. Christmas music played softly in the background, complemented by fir boughs adorned with red bows on each table. General Manager Stephen Vallette sat across from me as we discussed details of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) oyster shell pickup at his restaurant….

LTER Road Trip – A Steep Transect

I paused at the top of Coweeta Hydrologic Lab’s transect #327, peering down, down, down at the slope beneath me. Katie Bower, a research technician at Coweeta, and two summer interns had already started down the narrow pathway, accustomed to its slippery leaf layer and sharp contours. Taking a deep breath, I followed slowly behind….