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Category: Conservation

Apply for USDA natural resources aid by Nov. 17

controlled burn on forest land

Agricultural landowners face a closing window to receive financial and technical aid to help protect natural resources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has noted that applications for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program will… Read More

12th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop

Join us Nov. 30 for Sarasota County’s 12th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop, a day-long event that showcases steps to building healthy, resilient, thriving communities. Wrapped with a “Building a Better Future, Together” theme, the workshop… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ – Recycle yard waste

Hands sift compost gathered from a pile.

Mention the word “recycle,” and many people automatically leap to thinking of glass, plastic, paper, aluminum and the range of consumer materials we acquire every day. But there’s another recyclable that many of us overlook,… Read More

Federal funds to help farmers, foresters conserve land

Hands holding budding plant in soil

Agricultural operators and forest landowners interested in adding technology or techniques that foster conservation have a new window to apply for federal funding to offset costs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued the following… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ – Attract wildlife

Imagine a backyard refuge where butterflies flit around, songbirds splash in a birdbath, and hummingbirds dart from flower to flower. It’s a beautiful, serene scene; one that can benefit Florida wildlife. And you can make… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ – Mulch

workers apply mulch to a garden

Do you have an area where nothing will grow, an area of barren ground? A place that is hard to irrigate, mow or maintain? Consider mulching it. One of the Nine Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™,… Read More

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ – Fertilize appropriately

Fertilizer can increase the beauty and health of lawn and landscape. When used correctly. Used incorrectly, however, it can wreak havoc on yards, ecosystems and more.