Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Volunteer Spotlight

The Florida Forest Service welcomes approximately 80 new volunteers each year to maintain a base of around 500 active volunteers. These volunteers help employees serve the state forests’ more than 2 million annual visitors, manage over 1 million acres of public lands, and fight wildfires to protect life, property and forest resources.

2017 Volunteer of the Year

Kurt Schipul

Kurt Schipul

Volunteer Campground Host

Kurt Schipul has been contributing his time, skills and creativity as a Florida Forest Service volunteer since 2014 with over 5,700 hours of volunteer service to date.  In addition to serving as campground host for the Mutual Mine Youth Group Area, he assisted with facility repairs which included reroofing two structures.  He also shared his skills on numerous projects that include constructing a new boardwalk, site backstops, a wooden platform for tree trimming and a lift mechanism. Kurt is creative and energetic and an asset to the Withlacoochee State Forest.

 Congratulations and Thank You Kurt!


Volunteer Spotlight

Jerry ImHoff
Jerry ImHoff Wood Working

Jerry ImHoff

Volunteer Woodworking Specialist

Jerry’s team building skills and daily positive attitude are the cornerstone to his volunteer efforts of over 1000 hours at Withlacoochee State Forest. As a woodworking specialist, he hand-carved and painted facility signs and makes walking sticks for visitors at the Silver Lake Recreation Complex. He helps where ever he is needed; with campground cleanup, trail, facility and grounds maintenance. Jerry is dedicated and motivated.


Recent Volunteer Projects

Volunteer Accomplishments Table
Assistance at Forestry Festival

Assistance at Forestry Festival

Educational Guided Tour

Educational Guided Tour

Search and Rescue Training

Search and Rescue Training

Facility Maintenance

Facility Maintenance

Assisting at a Forestry booth

Assisting at a Forestry booth.

Our Greatest Volunteer - Smokey

Our Greatest Volunteer - Smokey

Kurt Schipul