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Category: Natural Resources

Tree-juvenation?

Communities derive many benefits from their urban forests, including improved air quality, increased stormwater filtration, reduced heat island effects, and positive physical and mental health impacts. A 2013 tree canopy study in Sarasota County indicated just 35% vegetation… Read More

Integrated Management Approach Increases Water Flow

By: Dr. Benjamin Sperry, UF/IFAS CAIP Research Assistant Scientist The Issue: The outlet river connecting Lake Panasoffkee and the Withlacoochee River was infested with hydrilla earlier this year. The infestation resulted in significantly reduced water flow from the… Read More

Celebrate National Energy Efficiency Day and Awareness Month

By SOPHIA MOUNDOUS Sustainability Assistant, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County October is all about fall colors, pumpkins, and Halloween costumes. Here at Sarasota County Sustainability, we are also excited about October because it is National Energy Awareness Month, and today,… Read More

4-H Youth Learn Life Skills Through Competitive Projects

Currently in Orange County 4-H, our youth participate in a variety of  competitive events, such as horse hippology, judging and quiz bowl, livestock and meats judging, horticulture ID, archery and this coming year, sport fishing will be added for those kids that like the… Read More

How Sea Turtles Sparked a Collaboration Between Leonardo Fellows

Costanza Manes, One Health Center Zoologist and Leonardo Fellow A New, Puzzling Project I am working on a project on a very ugly disease affecting sea turtles. I’m a zoologist, a scuba diver, and always liked marine life… Read More

Internships and Semester Study Abroad with WEC student Adrian Dougherty

This fall, Adrian Dougherty traded in the flat landscapes of Gainesville for the mountains and grasslands of Ecuador through a study abroad program. This past summer, the senior wildlife ecology and conservation major interned at the Merritt Island… Read More

2019 Dinner of Distinction Awards—Brittany Lee, Extension Advocate of the Year

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences would not have the impact it has on our state without the people and organizations who give, volunteer, advise and serve as advocates for the UF/IFAS land-grant mission…. Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Cultural Ecosystem Services

An Environment of Inspiration Next week I will be backpacking in the Grand Canyon. A group of friends and I are spending five days exploring the canyon; one of the world’s most popular natural wonders. According to the… Read More