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Florida Forever Program Confirms 2015 Priority List

By on December 22nd, 2014 | Last updated: December 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm

The Florida Forever Program, a land acquisition program, hopes to obtain 119 new properties, many of which located in North Central Florida. The lands are assessed based on several criteria to determine their environmental value.

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Historic Orange Grove’s Fate Undecided

By on December 21st, 2014 | Last updated: December 19, 2014 at 5:46 pm

The historic Carney Island orange grove has switched caretakers’ hands many times, but the Marion County Board of Commissioners now must face a decision on its future owners and use.

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Solution Found For Disease Threatening Avocado Production

By on December 5th, 2014 | Last updated: December 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

UF Researchers and researchers from the Tropical Research and Education Center, USDA and the Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce have found an alternate way to control the spread of Laurel wilt, a disease that threatens Florida’s avocado industry.

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Cigarette Receptacles Making Impact Downtown

By on November 13th, 2014 | Last updated: November 13, 2014 at 5:26 pm

The local Cigarette Litter Prevention Program is seeing success after the installation of more than two dozen cigarette receptacles in the downtown area. The program hopes to expand into midtown, despite vandalization by the homeless.

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Plant-Eating Beetle: Cheapest Way To Kill Weeds

By on November 11th, 2014 | Last updated: November 11, 2014 at 5:16 pm

The FWC has seen recent success in controlling invasive plants that overrun Florida with the use of air potato beetles, and other beetle species.

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Cedar Key School’s Future Farmers Of America Chapter Fights Local Hunger

By on November 11th, 2014 | Last updated: November 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Students from Cedar Key School, a public K-12 school, vow to fight hunger in Levy County by cultivating land at the school to provide fresh, healthy food. The school donated 7,000 pounds of fresh food to the Cedar Key United Methodist Church Food Pantry.

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Water Contamination Problems Persist In Otter Creek

By on November 4th, 2014 | Last updated: November 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Otter Creek’s search to buy land acquisition with a source of clean water may lead to an end to the town’s ongoing water-contamination issues.

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Long-Awaited Dunnellon Blue Run Trail Extension Under Construction

By on October 30th, 2014 | Last updated: October 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Dunnellon is using funds from a Florida Department of Environmental Protection grant to finish a section of path that connects the Dunnellon and Blue Run trails. The trail will now fully support hiking, jogging, biking and rollerblading after its expected completion in December.

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Air Potato Beetle Becomes Big Help To Florida Farmers

By on October 24th, 2014 | Last updated: October 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

With the controlled release of the air potato leaf beetle in Florida and around the U.S., the aggressive air potato vine finally has a predator.

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US Forest Service Proposes Requirements for Photography in Wilderness Areas

By on October 22nd, 2014 | Last updated: October 22, 2014 at 10:31 am

The U.S. Forest Service has proposed a rule that would require media to get a permit before filming or photographing in wilderness areas, or else face a fine. The proposed rule has been met with opposition on the grounds that it violates First Amendment rights.

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