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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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Legislature Proposes Reallocating Amendment 1 Funds

By on May 6th, 2015 | Last updated: May 6, 2015 at 10:23 pm

The Florida Legislature has proposed spending money earmarked for conservation in other places. The legislature recommended spending between $8 to $10 million of the $750 million conservation funds on land buys.

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UF Professor Develops Fertilizer For Healthier Palms, Soil And Water

By on April 29th, 2015 | Last updated: April 29, 2015 at 10:29 am

Tim Broschat, a University of Florida environmental horticulture professor, developed a palm fertilizer suitable for Florida’s soil that could also reduce water pollution during the summer. At this time, his fertilizer is only available for commercial landscapers.

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Beville Creek Restoration Project Underway

By on April 21st, 2015 | Last updated: April 21, 2015 at 6:06 pm

The city of Gainesville closed Cofrin Nature Park in order to complete a restoration project on Beville Creek. The goal of the project is to repair the eroding shoreline and provide new areas to the creek where wildlife can gather. The park is slated to reopen sometime in the fall.

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Suwannee Lake Renovations Still Progressing

By on April 17th, 2015 | Last updated: April 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Almost two years after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed Suwannee Lake to the public for renovations, some of the changes are now visible. For almost 50 years, the lake has provided a natural habitat for wildlife in […]

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