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Tailgate Talks

Mar 30, 2023

Visitors to parks, forest and natural areas are often on vacation and do not have a care in the world. They are often focused on enjoying and spending time with their family and friends and their next adventure. Donald Forgione shares an idea from "The Ecotourism Provider's Handbook, 180 Techniques For An...


Mar 28, 2023

Craig Seaver joins us for a fascinating walk through time as he shares his knowledge of the origins of Land and Wildlife Managers. From biblical references to present day, Park Rangers, Forest Rangers, Wildlife Managers, and many other positions in our profession will be able to trace there roots back in time....


Mar 23, 2023

During this episode of Tailgate Talks Donald discusses the surprising contrast between two parks and how it affects your visitor experience. The section of road between the highway and the ranger station really sets the stage for the visitor's experience. It is important to audit these signs in this important section of...


Mar 21, 2023

"It is the staff's attitude and not the visitor's mobility that sometimes defines the limits of accessibility."

When his elderly mother's mobility impedes their visit to a state park, Donald must rely on the compassionate staff to help her navigate the challenging terrain, inspiring him to use his experience to create...


Mar 21, 2023

"Instill the art of knowing your surroundings and being keen to their functionality, utilizing all your senses to enhance the maintenance of your parks and facilities." - Warren Poplin

Warren Poplin is a retired United States Coast Guardsman and Florida Park Service Bureau Chief with 34 years of experience. He has an...