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FWC Surveys Local Fishermen About Gulf Species

By on July 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: July 22, 2015 at 6:05 pm

The FWC is conducting surveys to discover trends in species of fish being caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Local fishermen agree that monitoring the fish is important, but some question the method of data collection.

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Stephen Foster Residents Hope For Neighborhood Revival

By on July 9th, 2015 | Last updated: July 9, 2015 at 8:14 am

The Cabot-Koppers wood treatment plant became an EPA Superfund site in 1983 after dioxins contaminated the soil and underground aquifer. Now that cleanup of residential property was completed in November, the residents look toward the future.

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Butterfly Study Calls Attention To Prescribed Burning Practices

By on July 9th, 2015 | Last updated: July 9, 2015 at 12:34 am

A recent study by a University of Florida graduate researches the effects of prescribed fires on the elfin frosted butterfly. The species requires fire to survive, but is also prone to damage from excessive burning.

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Longleaf Pine Restoration Helps Environment And Economy

By on July 6th, 2015 | Last updated: July 6, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Longleaf pine is being reintroduced into the United States ecosystem. If the restoration plan is successful, this type of pine would benefit the environment and the economy.

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For Trees Like Bert, Special Titles Do Not Always Guarantee Special Protections

By on June 3rd, 2015 | Last updated: June 5, 2015 at 9:33 am

The Florida Champion Tree Register recognizes the largest tree in the state of each noninvasive species. It’s the next step of recognition up from heritage tree status, like that of Bert, the bluff oak that has affected plans for the Innovation Nexus Building at UF.

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NOAA: Inactive Season Likely, Officials Aren’t Swayed

By on May 27th, 2015 | Last updated: May 27, 2015 at 5:35 pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a seasonal hurricane forecast. WUFT Meteorologist Marithza Calderon says it’s no surprise that they say we could be in for another inactive season.

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Once Vilified, BP Now Getting Credit For Gulf Tourism Boom

By on May 25th, 2015 | Last updated: May 25, 2015 at 2:03 pm

The once vilified BP is now being commended for its efforts in helping to attract visitors back to the Gulf Coast. The oil company is spending more than $230 million in its efforts.

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Citrus Greening Continues To Plague Florida Orange Groves

By on May 15th, 2015 | Last updated: May 15, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Described as one of the worst diseases to ever hit Florida orange groves, citrus greening is costing the state’s general fund $5.75 million. If the disease is not curbed it could be detrimental to Florida’s agriculture and economy.

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Tri-State Group Unanimously Backs Plan For River System

By on May 14th, 2015 | Last updated: May 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Fifty-six people from Florida, Georgia and Alabama unanimously approved of a new sustainable water management plan. They issued their recommendations even as Florida sues Georgia, with Florida’s government arguing that too much water is being siphoned off upstream.

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Florida Cemetery Offers Environmental Burial Options

By on May 8th, 2015 | Last updated: May 8, 2015 at 6:06 pm

North Central Florida Cemetery is the only cemetery in Florida that allows people to be buried on protected land. One of the cemetery’s focuses is being environmentally friendly.

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