Back Country by Robert Adams – Winter 2021

gopher tortoise walks on sandy pine land and palmetto palms. This is their favorite habitat. It is considered a keystone species because it digs burrows that provide shelter for at least 360 other animal species, including diamondback rattlesnakes. Today, the greatest threat to the survival of the gopher tortoise is habitat destruction. Tortoises cannot live if they do not have undeveloped land with plenty of food and room to dig their burrows. Another less obvious threat that is related to development is land fragmentation. Gopher tortoises are herbivore scavengers. Their diet contains more than 300 species of plants.

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The ENVIRONMENTAL ARTIST
Cristina de la Vega has received widespread acclaim for painting picturesque landscapes that remind viewers to savor and preserve the beauty in nature. ANTHONY INSWASTY

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Cristina de la Vega paints landscapes that capture the stunning, stark beauty of nature

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The SELFLESS PRO
Golf pro Joe Kern, director of instruction at The Moorings At Hawks Nest course, donated a kidney that helped save the life of a friend. ANTHONY INSWASTY

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Golf pro Joe Kern, director of instruction at The Moorings At Hawks Nest course

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The Humane Director
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Melissa McInturff, executive director for the Humane Society of St. Lucie County

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Katie Enns
Katie Enns is blessed by Pope John Paul II during a visit to the Vatican with her brother, the Rev. Charles Duster, in the 1980s.

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