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Category: Forests

Managing forests facing more frequent and intense hurricanes

By Sarah Tobing, ProForest coordinator The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season made history as the most active season since official records began in 1851, with a total of 30 named storms, 13 hurricanes and six major… Read More

New podcast explains how prescribed fire helps plants, animals and people

You might already know that prescribed fires help prevent potentially dangerous wildfires. But did you also know that they help conserve plants and animals in our natural areas? Called Fire University, the podcast is hosted… Read More

27,000 acres gifted to UF for conservation, outdoor classroom and laboratory

DeLuca property

Land near Yeehaw Junction one of the largest tracts ever given to a university More than 27,000 rural acres near Yeehaw Junction in Florida’s southern Osceola County has been gifted to the University of Florida… Read More

UF/IFAS urban forestry agent honored by national society

SEFFNER, Fla. — In his 15 years with UF/IFAS, Extension forester Rob Northrop has worked with scientists to bring much-needed tree shade to the Tampa Bay metropolitan area. His work is now being recognized nationally…. Read More

Florida urban tree canopy gives oxygen, shade — saves $4 billion a year

Trees give us shade to cool off and oxygen to breathe – and they provide Florida cities with $4 billion in benefits a year, collectively, UF/IFAS researchers say. These include savings in air pollution removal,… Read More

Study: Microbes escape wildland fires on smoke particle ‘life rafts’

Prescribed fire at the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — and also lots of microorganisms, according to a new study from the University of Florida. For the first time, researchers have measured the number of microbes in smoke from… Read More

Caught on tape: UF wildlife researchers repurpose listening device to track poaching

A margay in Belize. Getty Images

Above: A margay, a type of small wild cat found in the rainforests of Belize. Getty Images If a poacher shoots a deer in the forest and no one sees it, did it really happen? That… Read More

UF/IFAS to provide educational support for timber producers recovering from Hurricane Michael

fallen trees after Hurricane Michael

When Hurricane Michael swept through the Florida Panhandle in 2018, the category 5 storm left in its wake years’ worth of losses to one of the area’s largest industries, timber. Per estimates from the Florida… Read More

Florida Project Learning Tree offers environmental education training online

By Kim Scotto-Kelly GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Project Learning Tree (PLT), an international environmental education program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, is committed to creating a future where the next generation values the natural world and… Read More