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Avoid Overwatering Your Lawn During the Rainy Season

Did you know that over-watering can weaken your lawn's roots, and stimulate the growth of fungus and other lawn diseases? Despite near-daily rains during the summer, many residents... — Updated 6/19/2022

 

Polk Forever Seeks Artists To Honor, Support Land Preservation in Juried Show

Depictions of the beauty and diversity of Polk's county-managed environmental preserves are the focus of a juried art competition being organized by Polk Forever, a local... — Updated 6/3/2022

 

Cigarette Waste and Plastic Pollution Threaten Florida's Health, Envirionment

(NAPSI)-It's likely you see one of the most common sources of plastic pollution everyday-on the ground, in parking lots, in gutters or at the beach-cigarette butts. This is not... — Updated 5/25/2022

 

University of Florida Researchers Use Butterflies as Tools

Researchers from the University of Florida are using butterflies as a way to measure the health of ecosystems in a new effort that may have far-ranging uses. In 2017, a group of sci... — Updated 5/6/2022

 

Florida Celebrates the Protected Gopher Tortoise

Florida celebrates a special day for gopher tortoises for very important reasons. The gopher tortoise plays a significant role in many of Florida's ecosystems and deserves our recog... — Updated 3/31/2022

 

Highlands Hammock Offers "Firefly Tours" Starting March 15

Highlands Hammock State Park has a full lineup of activities and special events for the month of March including nature hikes, "Firefly Nights" tram tours, and a Music in the Park c... — Updated 3/14/2022

 

Check Your Irrigation Timer When You 'Spring Forward' for Daylight Saving Time

Saturday night is when we will turn our clocks ahead one hour. The time change is also a good time to make sure irrigation system timers are set correctly to ensure that the... — Updated 3/8/2022

 

Volunteers Build and Monitor Nest Boxes for Kestrels

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) volunteer program helps Floridians get directly involved with conservation and restoration projects across the state.... — Updated 3/2/2022

 

Avian Influenza Confirmed in Wild Birds in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has been notified by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory of confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza... — Updated 2/23/2022

 

5,000 young Long Leaf Pines to be Planted in Lake Wales Ridge State Forest

Lake Wales area residents are being offered a hands-on habitat restoration activity which will see the planting of 5,000 young Long Leaf pines at the Lake Wales Ridge State Forest.... — Updated 2/5/2022

 

Providing Homes for Nesting Birds is a Rewarding Effort

Different species of birds build their nests in all sorts of different places – high in the treetops, deep in thick shrubs, even hiding in plain sight on the ground. Some birds... — Updated 1/28/2022

 

US Forest Service is in Paradigm Shift To Use Logging, Controlled Burns

Editor's Note: Controlled burns and selective logging have been employed on certain Florida properties including many environmental preserves. The proven technique is now being... — Updated 1/21/2022

 

Cutting Christmas Trees: Good or Bad for the Environment?

Christmas is a time for celebrating the season and a time for cutting down trees – and that holiday tradition sometimes leads to discussions about what's best for the environment:... — Updated 12/20/2021

 

Feds dragging their feet on a plan to feed starving Florida manatees

The first time I met Martine de Wit, she was dressed in scrubs, ready to step into a laboratory containing eight dead manatees. Her job, and that of the dozen people assisting her... — Updated 12/13/2021

 

Waiving Rules for Moving Florida Gopher Tortoises Helps Only Developers

Do you like the neighborhood where you live? I sure like mine. My wife and I bought a 1926 Craftsman fixer-upper in St. Petersburg back in the mid-1990s, and we've been here ever... — Updated 12/10/2021

 

Public Comment Invited on Kissimmee Chain Management Plans

Area boaters and fishers using the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes east of Lake Wales may wish to speak up as plans are made for the future management of the public waters. The Florida... — Updated 12/8/2021

 

Portion of Kissimmee River May be Designated as Wild and Scenic River

In a tribute to the very concept of restoration, a portion of Florida's Kissimmee River that was once reduced to a single canal carrying contaminated water has been approved for sta... — Updated 11/24/2021

 

Attracting Wildlife to Our Yards is Easy and Fun

Attracting wildlife to our yards by planning and planting for their needs is simple and satisfying. If we supply adequate food, water and shelter, we can increase the number and var... — Updated 10/24/2021

 

"Last Forest in Orlando" Bulldozed Despite Court Ruling

Swaths of wetlands and waterways in Florida left unprotected when the Trump administration weakened federal standards in early 2020 are being developed in Florida - despite a... — Updated 10/18/2021

 
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Climate Change Action Proposed in Legislature

A group of Democratic lawmakers unveiled an energy-efficiency plan this week that would reward farmers for conserving energy, assess energy efficiency in state-funded buildings,... — Updated 10/17/2021

 

Rodman Opponents Ready to Gamble Again that Florida Will Finally Free the Ocklawaha

Do you play the lottery? I've been known to purchase a ticket or two when the payoff gets enough zeroes. The fact that I am still writing for a living should tell you how good I am... — Updated 10/13/2021

 

Fish and Wildlife Commission Offers Live MarineQuest 2021

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting you to join them on Thursday, October 14 for their virtual MarineQuest 2021 event. This is a live on-line event that will include... — Updated 10/12/2021

 

Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festival Happens November 13

Outdoor lovers are invited to attend the 35th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festival scheduled for November 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Highlands Hammock State Park. Festival... — Updated 10/10/2021

 
an aerial view of the huge gypsum stack

Piney Point Waste Injection Plan Raises Questions

The plan proposed by Manatee County to treat the estimated 270 million gallons of polluted wastewater from the Piney Point gypsum stack ponds and inject it deep underground has... — Updated 10/2/2021

 

Lakes Education Action Drive Works to Protect Area Water Resources

The Lakes Education Action Drive (LEAD) Board of Directors recently met to select leadership for the upcoming year and consider adoption of their 2021-2022 Fiscal Year Budget.... — Updated 9/22/2021

 

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