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Hunter Safety Course being offered

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Want knowledge on how to “think SAFE” while hunting? Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is bringing an online hunter safety course to Pinetta on Saturday, March 10, beginning at 9 a.m. The online Hunter Safety Course and Skills Day covers the knowledge, skills, and attitude needed to be a safe hunter. The course teaches hunting laws, regulations, ethics and responsibility. Safe firearm handling, clearing, matching, loading, and unloading are also explained. Other subjects covered are safe and effective shot placement and marksmanship. “Think…

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Your farm could be a Florida Century Pioneer

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Agriculture has been a huge part of North Florida, as well as around the world. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) realizes the benefit for family farms and ranches to be recognized as the original stewards of the land that preserves ecological resources and provides an economic base for Florida’s economy. Through the Century Pioneer Family Farm Program, FDACS would like to identify family farms and ranches as pioneers of the agricultural industry for all the hard work and time these workers…

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Sensitive wetlands saved through public ownership

Story Submitted: A 160-acre tract of sensitive wetlands along the Aucilla River will be protected for years to come thanks to the dedicated efforts of public and private partners. Located in Eastern Jefferson County, Ware Forest Tract was brought into public ownership through purchase by the Suwannee River Water Management District and connects two existing parcels of the District’s property. The tract contains an extensive stand of mature cypress trees which play a critical role in water quality for the Aucilla River, an Outstanding Florida Waterbody. Due to the high…

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FWC approves guidelines for conserving eight imperiled species

Story Submitted The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today approved Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for eight state-threatened species that are among the 57 species in the agency’s Imperiled Species Management Plan. Each of the eight species – Barbour’s map turtle, Big Cypress fox squirrel, Black Creek crayfish, blackmouth shiner, Florida burrowing owl, Florida pine snake, saltmarsh topminnow and Santa Fe crayfish — now has its own Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines. The species guidelines are designed to be a tool for landowners, consultants, agency partners…

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