Fresh, new faces at Myakka!

Fresh, new faces at Myakka!

The past year has been a bitter-sweet one at Myakka. We’ve said good-bye to veteran members of our team, yet on the sweeter side, welcomed new ones. One of our newest rangers is Rebecca Armstrong who began her time with us last fall. Rebecca is a Florida native and graduated with a Biology degree from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida. Her experience in the field includes volunteering for Ocala National Forest, FWC and the Minnesota US Fish and Wildlife Service. When I asked Rebecca what drew her to Myakka River State Park, she immediately responded that it was the massive amount of natural resources that we have. With 54 square miles of land, she definitely came to the right place! One of the requirements for her position was that she pass a physical fitness test mandatory for our prescribed fire program. The test requires the completion of a two-mile walk, carrying a 25 pound back-pack in less than 30 minutes. With little time to practice, Rebecca passed with flying colors! When she has down time, she loves do-it-yourself-projects at home, hiking and playing with her dog, Wesley. We are delighted to have Rebecca as part of our Myakka family. She is a motivated, clever, friendly addition and we look forward to working with her for years to come.