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FWC land manager receives award from Cabinet

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Media contact: Diane Hirth, 850-410-5291,

Tina Hannon, a biologist at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area, received the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Resource Manager of the Year award at the Governor and Cabinet’s Sept. 20 meeting in Tallahassee.

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

Hannon joined the FWC in 2006 as an assistant area biologist after receiving her master’s degree in wildlife ecology and management from the University of Georgia. Since then, she has excelled in the areas of prescribed burning, habitat enhancement and restoration efforts, exotic plant removal, and species monitoring.

Her leadership in prescribed burning efforts resulted in exceptionally well-maintained, high-quality natural communities throughout the WMA in Osceola County.

“The focus at Three Lakes WMA has always been on managing the natural communities in a way that most closely resembles the natural processes that made them that way,” said Steve Glass, Hannon’s supervisor. “Tina’s work is vital to that philosophy.”

Hannon leads an active prescribed burn program in which over 26,000 acres were burned during 2015, a record year for Three Lakes WMA. Over the past five years, she and her staff have averaged over 21,000 acres of prescribed burning per year. She also is working to restore 265 acres of former pasture by planting native grasses.  Additionally, she coordinated and conducted annual surveys on the various wildlife species in the WMA. 

“Tina is committed and passionate,” said David Johnson, leader of the FWC’s Wildlife and Habitat Management Section and one of Hannon’s supervisors. “Her efforts support habitats for numerous species including quail, red-cockaded woodpecker and the Florida grasshopper sparrow as well as maintaining beautiful natural recreational opportunities for residents and visitors of our state.”

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