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Category: Natural Resources

Dig In! Gardening Course starts September 2021

UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardeners serve the community. Image of bees, flowers, landscape and people talking

Growing a Green Thumb! Levy County Extension hosts the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS) Extension Master Gardener volunteer (MGV) training program. Meeting Fridays, September 10 – November 5, 9:30 am… Read More

Recreational Scallop Season 2021

A boat and the text Scalloping Best Practices

Nothing says summer in the Nature Coast like the start of scalloping. Starting tomorrow, June 15th, thousands will splash into the clear water searching through carpets of seagrass for bay scallops. This annual marine Easter… Read More

Water quality monitoring commences in the newly established Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve

Florida’s Aquatic Preserve System The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection oversees the Aquatic Preserve system. The goal of the Aquatic Preserves is to protect the best of Florida’s submerged areas so current and future generations… Read More

Learn how to restore marine habitats

Coral reef and sponges in the Gulf of Mexico.

Marine habitats Marine habitats such as seagrass meadows, coral reefs, and sponge beds are some of the most threatened on the planet. UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant Extension agents in the Nature Coast work a… Read More

Donor marsh at Duke Energy Mariculture Center making donations!

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In 2018, we worked with Duke Energy’s Mariculture Center in Crystal River to establish a large salt marsh nursery in one of their culture ponds. We needed the donor marsh because habitat restoration requires access… Read More

Baked Seatrout with Pesto Pine Nut Topping: Florida Seafood at your Fingertips LIVE!

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Spotted seatrout! The recipe below uses wild-caught spotted seatrout, a fish commonly targeted by inshore anglers. There is only a small commercial fishery for seatrout in Florida, so it might be tough to find in… Read More

2020 Cedar Key Coastal Cleanup Results

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Coastal cleanup by the numbers Despite the challenges thrown at us by 2020, this year’s “contactless” version of the International Coastal Cleanup was a success! At least 155 volunteers removed nearly 2,700 pounds of trash… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping(tm)

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Learn principles for enhancing your Florida landscape. Dr. Hansen, Assistant Professor, Environmental Horticulture Department, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville has developed, authored and co-authored several horticulture-related publications for the University of Florida. FREE web-based meeting, broadcast live…. Read More