See “natural Florida” this spring, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner says

If you area planning a spring break getaway, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam wants you to consider taking a trip to one of the state’s natural areas before booking your travel arrangements.

Visitors tour the Winding Waters Natural Area after the dedication ceremony Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The 562-acre natural area was dedicated to Richard E. Walesky, who was Director of Palm Beach County's  Department of Environmental Resources Management for 24 years. Under his tenure, ERM acquired over 31,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands through the natural areas program. The new site includes a boardwalk and observation platform, natural trails, and a canoe/kayak launch. The area, at 6161 Haverhill Road North, is open daily from sunrise to sunset.  (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Visitors tour the Winding Waters Natural Area after the dedication ceremony Tuesday, November 10, 2015. The 562-acre natural area was dedicated to Richard E. Walesky, who was Director of Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management for 24 years. Under his tenure, ERM acquired over 31,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands through the natural areas program. The new site includes a boardwalk and observation platform, natural trails, and a canoe/kayak launch. The area, at 6161 Haverhill Road North, is open daily from sunrise to sunset. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

In a press release issued Monday, Putnam’s office said Florida offers world-renowned forests, lakes, beaches, rivers, springs, trails and parks, adding that a vacation experience should also include adventures off the beaten path.

“Florida’s natural attractions are second to none, and visitors and residents alike can explore natural Florida this Spring Break,” Putnam said in a statement released by his office.

The Florida Forest Service manages more than 1 million acres of public forest land, the office said.

Putnam and his staff recommended these sites to help visitors and residents find the state’s natural offerings:

 

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