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Category: Natural Resources

Event: Southwest Florida CISMA Annual Invasive Species Symposium | Feb 26th, 2019 | FGCU

Natural Resources | UF IFAS Lee County Extension

Invasive Plants 101: Identification & Treatment of EDRR Plants; Invasive Plants 102: Field Identification and Treatment of Common Invasive Plants Clark Ryals, Forester, Florida Forest Service, Caloosahatchee District Roxanne Taylor, Land Stewardship Coordinator, Lee County Conservation 20/20 Identification… Read More

Fact Sheets: Invasive Plants | Air Potato | Brazilian Pepper | Japanese Climbing Fern | Two-Leaf Nightshade | Stephen Brown | Lee County Extension

Invasive Plants         Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera)     Brazilian Pepper-tree Control     Control of Hard to Manage Weeds     Environmental Contractors     Got Invasive?  Get Help!     Herbicide Control of Woody Plants     Herbicides to Kill Invasive Trees in the Landscape     Invasive Solanum spp. in Florida… Read More

Fact Sheet: Handling the Fish You Catch

Sea Grant Fish Handling

One of the joys of fishing is eating the fish you catch, but you may find your catch doesn’t taste as fresh as expected. Fish must be handled properly or they will spoil quickly. In addition to disappointing… Read More

Q and A: I have heard that there are 12 Florida native palms, but only two that are endemic to Florida. What are the names of these two palms?

Scrub Palm

From T. Bates, by email Answer Although there are 12 palms native to Florida, only two have  been determined to be endemic to Florida. A plant native to Florida may also be native to other locations outside of… Read More

Q and A: I noticed mushrooms growing under my oak tree. They barely make it out of the ground and never get too big. In the end, they break open and expel a lot of black dust. What are they and will they hurt my tree?

Schlerodema Fungus

From  David, Lehigh Acres Answer: This is a species of Scleroderma. These are ectomycorrhizal fungi that form symbiotic relationships with some tree, particularly pines and oaks here in Florida, but also some other species (for example, we have… Read More

Q and A: I have recently purchased several acres and am having a hard time getting rid of air potato. Can you provide me with some information?

air potato

from S.H., in North Fort Myers Answer: Florida is home to many exotic invasive plants. The air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) is one of many. Control of exotic/invasive plants can be difficult and tiring. There are several methods of… Read More

Q and A: I have an open aerator on my water system that now smells like rotten eggs. Do you have any ideas for troubleshooting this problem?

from G.M., via e-mail Answer: Hydrogen sulfide or sulfur is a naturally occurring contaminant, which gives water a disagreeable “rotten egg” odor and taste. Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that is found in well water and makes water… Read More

EVENT: Pesticide Certification Testing | June 1, 2017

pesticide certification testing

Pesticide Certification Testing The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) offers certified Pesticide Exams at multiple locations throughout the state. The exam schedule varies statewide to allow applicants an opportunity to take the exam at a… Read More