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Category: Forests

Communicating about invasive plants: It’s complicated!

How do you communicate to others about invasive plants? How do you tell someone that their prized golden pothos, climbing up their massive Chinese tallow tree are likely spreading into natural areas? Or that their sea of coral… Read More

Getting to Know the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars in CALS

From learning about the Great Barrier Reef in high school to admiring lizards in the front yard as a kid, Jazmyn Broxton and Mariaguadalupe Vilchez, wildlife, ecology and conservation (WEC) students, knew they had a passion for the… Read More

Longino Scholarship: Cultivating a Legacy of Conservation 

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is honored to announce that Longino Ranch has generously established a new scholarship in the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation. The B.T. “Buster” and Jane Longino Forestry Endowed Scholarship seeks to support forestry students… Read More

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

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 to protect one… 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. Northrop takes an… 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, stormwater runoff and… Read More

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

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 fires in wilderness… Read More