The parks and conservation community lost an icon in the passing of Ney Landrum this week. Ney served as the Florida State Parks Director for nearly 20 years, as the first executive director of NASPD, and was active in BSA leadership and a number of other natural resource and conservation organizations. A gentleman’s gentleman, he served as a mentor to many in the parks profession. Memorial services are planned for Tuesday in Tallahassee. More details are included in the obituary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to be made to the James P. Cook Memorial Relief Fund c/o Florida Park Service Alumni Association, Judi Maxwell, Treasurer, 558 SW Maxwell Court, Fort White, FL 32038. More info about the fund may be found here.
Excerpt from Landrum's, In Pursuit of a Great State Park System,“Educate everybody – the public, pressure groups, legislators, commissions, bosses, personnel – as to the real importance of state parks. ... Before attempting to convince others, however, be sure of your own resolve and depth of commitment.” Attached is a photo of Ney with other Florida state park directors: Mike Bullock, Fran Mainella, NCL, Wendy Spencer, Donald Forgione.