Staff Spotlight, Tracey Sleek
Park Services Specialist, Tracey Sleek
Tracey Sleek is a resource management specialist at Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, whose unmatched determination and laser focus make the park’s unique habitat shine and prosper. In the challenging role as the park burn boss, Tracey expertly leads the park’s management of prescribed fire. Prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process, ensuring ecosystem health and reducing wildfire risk.
At Gold Head, prescribed fire is key to maintaining a healthy ecosystem, while protecting life, property and natural resources, both inside the park and the surrounding community, from the threat of wildfire. At Gold Head, her goal is to ensure the habitats found on all 2,366 acres achieve an equilibrium through the regular, scheduled application of prescribed fire.
Having grown up in Florida, Tracey spends most of her time enjoying the outdoors. Whether she’s on the water, in the woods or in a tent, you can count on finding her enjoying nature in any number of ways. Before joining the Florida Park Service, Tracey both served her country in the Coast Guard and worked in Alaska as a park ranger.
At Gold Head, her goal is to get every one of the park’s 2,366 acres into what is called the maintenance stage, where each habitat achieves an equilibrium through the regular application of prescribed fire.
Tracey is not only a role model for anyone who wants to work in the woods, but she's also an impressive fire manager. She always makes time for teachable moments while on the job, happy to help out her fellow rangers. With Tracey around, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park is in good hands!