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Increased law enforcement at Point Washington State Forest after recent vandalism

There will be an increased law enforcement presence at Point Washington State Forest due to...
There will be an increased law enforcement presence at Point Washington State Forest due to vandalism, illegal dumping, and recent road damage.(VISIT SOUTH WALTON)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:38 AM CDT
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SOUTHPORT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - There will be an increased law enforcement presence at Point Washington State Forest due to vandalism, illegal dumping, and recent road damage.

Officials with The Florida Forest Service and The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission want to protect conservation land and wildlife. “We encourage everyone to enjoy recreational opportunities on the forest, but illegal activities are destroying habitat and hindering our management practices,” said Mike Mathis, Chipola Forest Service Manager.

Forestry officials said there is a reason for designated public entrance and exit points. They said it protects the natural habitat of plants and animals within the forest. Misuse of conservation land can result in citations, fines, and trespass violations. Officials said recent citations have been given for illegal dumping, road closure violations, and high-speed travel.

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