Anthony J. “Tony” Florio worked for the State of Delaware for nearly 40 years, beginning in 1949 as a wildlife technician and retiring in 1986 as Delaware's Wildlife Section administrator.
The Woodland Beach Wildlife Area east of Smyrna will be dedicated to longtime wildlife professional and conservationist Tony Florio on Monday, June 23 at 10 a.m.
The ceremony will be held on the grounds of the Thomas Sutton House, 4200 Hay Point Landing Road, Smyrna.
DNREC Deputy Secretary David Small, Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis, and state and local officials are scheduled to attend, along with Tony Florio and family members, and Fish and Wildlife retirees and current staff.
Anthony J. “Tony” Florio worked for the State of Delaware for nearly 40 years, beginning in 1949 as a wildlife technician and retiring in 1986 as Delaware’s Wildlife Section administrator. His time included many pivotal events – working with Norman G. Wilder, the first director of Delaware’s fish and wildlife agency, then known as the Delaware Board of Game and Fish Commissioners; the formation of DNREC under Governor Russell Peterson; and the beginnings of many of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s conservation programs. He remains very well-known in the conservation community for his work with DNREC, his art, and his passion for Delaware’s natural resources.
Located along the Delaware Bayshore, the Woodland Beach Wildlife Area is part of DNREC’s Delaware Bayshore Initiative, a landscape approach to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat, increase volunteer participation in habitat stewardship projects, enhance low-impact outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities, and promote associated environmentally compatible economic development.