FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2012
DEP JOINS AMERICAN RIVERS AND NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN LAUNCHING THE SUWANNEE RIVER STORY
~National Geographic’s GeoStories Platform Helps Tell the Story of the Suwannee River~
Clear blue skies reflect on Florida's beautiful Suwannee River.
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in conjunction with American Rivers and the National Park Service launched “River Stories,” an innovative, storytelling website that aims to engage people in understanding, enjoying and conserving their waterways.
“The 170-mile Suwannee River Wilderness Trail is one of Florida’s premier paddling trails,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione. “In addition to six blue ribbon state parks along the river’s shores, the Florida Park Service has partnered with local and regional governments and businesses to create a series of river camps and hubs all within a day’s paddle of each other. Our goal is to create an exemplary paddling experience while preserving the Old Florida feeling of the river corridor. Once you’ve seen the Suwannee River Story, you’ll want to experience the river for yourself!”
Using National Geographic Maps’ groundbreaking GeoStories platform, River Stories combines maps, photos and video to take viewers on virtual tours of waterways across the country, allowing them to experience the journey on the water.
The Suwannee River is one of only 10 waterways in the United States initially featured in River Stories.