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Family Forests: Portraits of Private Land Stewardship in Florida

About one-third of Florida’s 17 million acres of forest lands are owned by families and individuals, many of whom manage the land themselves for conservation, forestry, wildlife habitat, recreation, or agriculture. The book is beautifully illustrated with photos and filled with useful information telling the stories of nine unique forest landowners.

All the contributors hope to inspire and encourage private landowners to embrace a land stewardship ethic. Perhaps more importantly, this book will reinforce the fact that there are many resources available, as well as a robust network of foresters, natural resource professionals, advocates, and even other landowners who can guide and assist them in their land management efforts and challenges.

Designer proposed a unique and uncommonly seen 8” x 8” square-format for the book in hopes to catch the eyes of visitors to real estate offices, state agencies, etc. The strategy behind this decision was that its unusual size, in the sea of 8.5 x 11 magazines, would stand out and have a better chance of being noticed and picked up.

Book was written by Chris Demers, Extension Program Manager at the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation. ICS contributors include photos by Tyler Jones and Camila Guillen of ICS, design by Michele Wood and edited by Darryl Palmer. Book is available for purchase at the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore

The hard work of the entire team paid off as this publication won the 2019 Association for Communication Excellence gold award for publishing in popular publications category.