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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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Experts Caution Against Bear Hunting in Alachua County

By on April 16th, 2015 | Last updated: April 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission met yesterday to review a proposal which would allow bear hunting on specific areas throughout Florida. Wildlife groups question if hunting is the solution to an increasing number of bear encounters.

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Swamp Head Brewery Introduces Species to New Conservation

By on April 14th, 2015 | Last updated: April 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

When Swamp Head Brewery moved into their new location, off Southwest 34th Street in Gainesville, in January, they saved one acre of their land for conservation. The brewery is working toward creating an environment that is reflective of their tasting room, “The Wetlands.”

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Fire Station Is First Building In Hawthorne To Get Solar Overhaul

By on April 1st, 2015 | Last updated: April 8, 2015 at 12:09 am

Alachua County Fire Rescue Station 25 will be the first county building in Hawthorne to be outfitted with solar panels. The station is one of 24 buildings determined viable for the county’s solar panel initiative, which seeks to cut energy consumption.

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Four Snake Species Added To Restricted List

By on March 31st, 2015 | Last updated: March 31, 2015 at 5:23 pm

A new law will make it illegal to import and sell four species of snakes across state lines. These snakes include one type of python and three types of anacondas, which if introduced could pose a threat to local ecosystems.

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Flooding Disrupts Hunting During Spring Turkey Season At Gores Landing

By on March 27th, 2015 | Last updated: March 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

From March 16-29, a large portion of McLemore Road on Gores Landing WMA is closed due to recent rainfall and flooding conditions. Unfortunately for hunters, the closure of the road in this typical turkey habitat overlaps with the spring turkey hunting season, from March 21-29.

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Intentional Fires Stimulate Environmental Growth In Alachua County

By on March 17th, 2015 | Last updated: March 17, 2015 at 2:56 pm

In efforts to promote a healthy forest ecosystem, burners at the Welaka State Forest and Etoniah Creek State Forest have been busy creating prescribed burns. The planned fires help to reduce potential fuel for unplanned forest fires and cycle nutrients back into the forest.

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