Category: Forests

Pines and Fall Color

Written by Greg Barton, Marion County Forester Each year, as fall approaches – or what counts for fall in Florida – trees begin to respond to changes in the environment.  The iconic image of autumn is a landscape… Read More

Alachua County Team Wins 3rd in National 4-H Forestry Invitational

By Kim Scotto   GAINESVILLE, Fla. – What is the principal softwood used for lumber in Massachusetts? On what continent are maples most abundant?  What is a liquid product of wood that is used in mixing paints?* At… Read More

Buyer Beware: Products Claiming ‘Mushroom of Immortality’ May Not Contain Species, UF Researchers Find

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Stroll the nutritional supplement aisle at your local drug store, and you might notice that some products are now featuring an ingredient you might expect to see growing on a tree or fallen log. Known… Read More

Controlled burn in TREC’s Pine Rockland

HOMESTEAD,  Fla. The Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) has an 8.5-acre fragment of Pine Rockland, one of the most imperiled habitats on earth. Only about 4 percent of Pine Rockland habitat remains in Florida. Periodic fires, which… Read More

Cattails are common in Wakulla marshes

By Les Harrison Swaying Cattails Cats are common in Florida.  The domestic version of this multi-color and variable size species is a popular choice as a low maintenance pet. A native aquatic plant curiously named for the feline’s… Read More

Sassafras Was Once The Base For Root Beer

By, Les Harrison Sassafras Albidum Sassafras albidum is a deciduous native with a long history of multiple uses in panhandle Florida and far beyond.  Leaves of this tree have turned up in the fossil record from eons ago…. Read More

Sassafras Was Once The Base For Root Beer

By, Les Harrison Sassafras Albidum Sassafras albidum is a deciduous native with a long history of multiple uses in panhandle Florida and far beyond.  Leaves of this tree have turned up in the fossil record from eons ago…. Read More

Sassafras Was Once The Base For Root Beer

By, Les Harrison Sassafras Albidum Sassafras albidum is a deciduous native with a long history of multiple uses in panhandle Florida and far beyond.  Leaves of this tree have turned up in the fossil record from eons ago…. Read More

Sassafras Was Once The Base For Root Beer

By, Les Harrison Sassafras Albidum Sassafras albidum is a deciduous native with a long history of multiple uses in panhandle Florida and far beyond.  Leaves of this tree have turned up in the fossil record from eons ago…. Read More

Sassafras Was Once The Base For Root Beer

By, Les Harrison Sassafras Albidum Sassafras albidum is a deciduous native with a long history of multiple uses in panhandle Florida and far beyond.  Leaves of this tree have turned up in the fossil record from eons ago…. Read More