Torreya State Park After Hurricane Michael | One Year Later


We visit Torreya State Park one year after Hurricane Michael. Category 4 winds stripped much of the park’s taller trees, which provided shade for many of the rare and endangered trees in the understory. The park’s unique ecology was shaped by its unique geology, and in particular steephead ravines. This terrain also makes it difficult to clear trails and open it primitive campsites.

For an expanded look at Torreya State Park after Hurricane Michael, along with a deeper dive into the ecology of steephead ravines, visit the WFSU Ecology Blog.

Torreya trees outside of the Gregory House, Torreya State Park.
Torreya trees (Torreya taxifolia) outside of the Gregory House, Torreya State Park.
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Rob Diaz de Villegas is a senior producer for television at WFSU Public Media, covering outdoors and ecology. After years of producing the music program OutLoud, Rob found himself in a salt marsh with a camera, and found a new professional calling as well. That project, the National Science Foundation funded "In the Grass, On the Reef," spawned the award-winning WFSU Ecology Blog. Now in its tenth year, the Ecology Blog recently wrapped its most ambitious endeavor, the EcoCitizen Project.

Rob is married with two young sons, who make a pretty fantastic adventure squad.