Category: Forests

UF-led team of scientists outlines novel approach to save endangered tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With fewer than 1,000 of them left in the wild, the Florida torreya tree is on the path to extinction. But now scientists have a plan to save it. Last month, scientists from universities, conservation… Read More

UF/IFAS Learning Center Receives New Name

By Christy Chiarelli   GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The learning center located in the UF/IFAS Austin Cary Forest was recently renamed the Roland T. Stern Learning Center. In late January, the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation hosted… Read More

Women in Ag: Raelene Crandall

By Kim Scotto   Dr. Raelene Crandall, assistant professor in the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation, fondly remembers her first fire: a prescribed prairie burn during an undergraduate internship with the Nature Conservancy. It wasn’t just… Read More

UF-led team mobilizes to save super-rare tree on the brink of extinction

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida torreya is the most endangered tree in North America. And it may soon disappear entirely. But scientists such as the University of Florida’s Jason Smith are ready to fight for the species, which… Read More

Squirrel Appreciation Day is Jan. 21: Here are six reasons to start loving these nutty critters

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Squirrels often get a bad rap. They raid bird feeders. They can chew through just about anything. They dart out in front of cars. But, while sometimes inconvenient for humans, this oft-labeled “nuisance” animal has… Read More

UF researcher: Controlled fires don’t eliminate invasive tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers have, in the past, reintroduced fire to restore a forest without considering its effect on exotic species that have become invasive. But a recent study by a University of Florida researcher shows that fire… Read More

UF researcher identifies new invasive ant in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers have discovered a new invasive ant species in south Florida that can have dire consequences for homeowners and for surrounding ecosystems. The yellow ant, Plagiolepis… Read More

UF study: Disease-carrying mosquitoes abound in deforested lands

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Most disease-transmitting mosquito species live in deforested areas, a finding that may influence decisions on where and when to cut down trees, a new University of Florida study shows. Deforestation occurs when people remove trees… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension critical resource for Floridians impacted by Hurricane Irma

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Before, during and after Hurricane Irma, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension faculty and staff worked tirelessly to help Floridians impacted by the storm. From assessing damage, to rallying volunteers and… Read More