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Category: Forests

UF-led study connects Florida to the Smithsonian’s Forest Global Earth Observatory

A new University of Florida-led study established a Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) research plot at the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station within a longleaf pine forest. These forests are a focus of restoration efforts because longleaf pine once dominated the southeastern Coastal Plain but only 3% of this forest type remains today. ForestGEO is a network of… Read More

Florida Bellflower – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Florida Bellflower Campanula floridana The Florida Bellflower is a perennial wildflower found in moist areas like meadows, pond/marsh/stream margins, and on roadsides. The violet flowers bloom in spring and attract bees,… Read More

CALS Alumnus Highlight: Terry Baker

University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences alumnus Terry Baker graduated in 2004 with his degree from the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC), now known as the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences… Read More

CALS Alumna Highlight: Cecilia Lepa

Cecilia Lepa graduated with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in forest resources and conservation. She is currently an AmeriCorps VISTA serving with Southern Oregon’s Education Service… Read More

Urban Development and Ecological Degradation – Part I. Introduction

Urban Development and Ecological Degradation – Part I. Introduction As human population continues its logarithmic pattern of growth, it increases demand for ecosystem goods and services while consequent urban development is leading to  degradation of the ecosystems that… Read More

Superheroes of the Natural World

We’re highlighting all things Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in 2021 as the program marks its 20th anniversary. To learn more about FMNP, view the first blog post here. By Justina Dacey and Rick O’Connor If there were superheroes of the… Read More

Superheroes of the Natural World

We’re highlighting all things Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) in 2021 as the program marks its 20th anniversary. To learn more about FMNP, view the first blog post here. By Justina Dacey and Rick O’Connor If there were superheroes of the… Read More

Día Mundial de la Vida Silvestre y los manglares

Hace ocho años, los asistentes a la 68ª Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas declararon el 3 de marzo como el Día Mundial de la Vida Silvestre para celebrar y crear conciencia sobre los animales y plantas silvestres… Read More

Florida Rosemary – Wild Weeds

Wild Weeds – Weed of the Month Florida Rosemary Ceratiola ericoides Florida Rosemary is native to the southeast and has a very strong aroma. Plants can reach heights of 2.5 meters and have thick vegetation. Flowers appear from… Read More