Environment

Smoke from Olive Fire shifts

Alachua County residents may see less smoke from the Olive Fire as easterly winds shift, but the 700-acre fire continues to burn. The fire in Levy Prairie began about a week ago and slowly grew into the 700-acre muck fire. Over the past weekend weather patterns kept the smoke low to the …

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Smokey conditions from 700 acre fire

The smell of smoke in Alachua County is expected to stay, at least for now. WUFT-FM’s Briana Rittersporn says winds are bringing in smoke from a fire in the east. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/wildfirewrapedit.mp3] Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond says the fire could continue to smolder for weeks, or even months.  The cause …

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Turning garbage into energy at the Florida DEP

On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized America Recycles Day.  DEP is encouraging communities to re-use and recycle, which is an easy way for people to help reduce landfill space and prevent pollution. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jessica Becerra reports that aside from recycling, there may also be a new way to …

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Hands-on trip through rural Florida

If you’re interested in learning about the rural traditions of Florida, the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is now hosting Rural Folklife Days. The Park’s program assistant Lucy Spencer says she expects a great turn out to the event this year. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Spencer4.mp3] She says children can come and …

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Expanding green in Gainesville

The City of Gainesville has acquired an 87-acre parcel of land on the west boundary of the Flatwoods Conservation Area. City Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Program Coordinator Stefanie Nagid says the expansion will allow for more recreational opportunities, like nature trails and bird watching, and other avenues in the …

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Streamlining success in Citrus County

Citrus County’s new recycling program has seen some remarkable success, with household collections bins overflowing. Citrus County Solid Waste Director Casey Stephens says education on recycling is one of the keys to the program’s success. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Stephens3.mp3] He says there have been a number of requests for more drop-off locations, and …

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Going green with “One Less Car”

Commuting throughout Gainesville can be a hassle for you and strain on the environment. The University of Florida is encouraging people to be a part of the sustainable movement by participating in One Less Car Day. Office of Sustainability Outreach Coordinator Ashley Pennington says the Gator Nation can easily reduce …

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