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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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FWC approves regional bay scallop seasons for 2018

Story Submitted At the February meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved regionally-specific bay scallop open season dates for 2018, including a change to the season for Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties that was proposed in December. The Commission also approved a trial bay scallop season in 2018 for state waters off Pasco County. The following regionally-specific bay scallop open seasons will be created by executive order for 2018 only: Franklin County through northwestern Taylor County (including Carrabelle, Lanark and St. Marks): Sunday, July 1…

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Join the Arbor Day Foundation in February and receive free trees

Story Submitted Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone who joins the Foundation in February 2018 will receive 10 free Norway spruce trees or 10 free redbud trees to plant when the weather turns warm. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. “These trees will help beautify your home for many years to come,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees will also add to the proud heritage…

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