-Madison Forestry Station to be renamed after World War I Veteran Greene-
The Florida Forest Service is renaming its Madison Forestry Station in honor of forestry pioneer and World War I veteran Harvey Greene, Sr. of Madison County, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced. “We are thankful for Mr. Greene’s contributions,” said State Forester Jim Karels. “His generosity has truly helped shape forestry and the forest industry in Madison County.”
In 1947, Greene offered to donate the land that would later be the home of the Madison Forestry Station. His offer came at a time when land donations were not accepted by the state. Greene then sold the valuable tract of land to the state for only $350, donating the proceeds to purchase forestry equipment for Madison County’s private citizens to use for planting trees and fighting wildfires. Today, the Florida Forest Service provides technical forest management assistance to numerous private forest landowners in Madison County. In addition, the Florida Forest Service provides the residents of Madison County with wildfire prevention, detection and suppression efforts on more than 400,000 acres. The Florida Forest Service manages more than one million acres of public forestland while protecting 26 million acres of homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire. For more information about the Florida Forest Service, go to www.FloridaForestService.com. For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.