In this Issue:
  • Using Water Wisely in the Panhandle
  • Panhandle Ecotourism: Blackwater River State Park
  • NISAW 2018: Where are we on the Management of Lionfish?
  • NISAW 2018: Successful Feral Hog Management
  • NISAW 2018: Channeled Apple Snails (Pomacea canaliculata)
  • NISAW 2018: A lovely but troublesome tree, Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)
  • Paddle Sports, the Key to Unlocking Ecotourism
  • Wildlife Food Plots for North Florida
  • Trying to Solve the Marine Debris Problem
  • With Hurricane Season Approaching, Are You Prepared for an Evacuation?
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    Using Water Wisely in the Panhandle

    It’s a struggle to manage our Panhandle landscapes, especially over the late spring-summer months. Just remember, small adjustments can mean significant impacts in conserving water. Some homeowners are not aware that watering plants too much can have as much of an ill effect as not watering enough. Shallow rooted plants, as well as newly set …

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    Panhandle Ecotourism: Blackwater River State Park

    Spring has sprung and it is time to get outside and explore this great Florida Panhandle area.  In neighboring Santa Rosa County, a terrific destination for a variety of outdoor activities is Blackwater River State Park.  Visitors can canoe, kayak, tube, fish and swim the river.  Hikers can enjoy trails through nearly 600 acres of …

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    NISAW 2018: Where are we on the Management of Lionfish?

    Since the first lionfish was spotted off Pensacola in 2010, panhandle organizations have been busy trying to control the spread of this invasive species. The story is well known to many… the lionfish is a voracious predator, consuming at least 70 different species of small reef fish, including vermillion snapper.  They reproduce frequently, producing an …

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    NISAW 2018: Successful Feral Hog Management

    Despite efforts by public and private land managers, feral hog populations continue to rise in many areas in Florida. Feral hogs damage crop fields, lawns, wetlands, and forests.  They can negatively impact native species of plants and animals.  Their rooting leads to erosion and decreased water quality. There are several options for controlling feral hogs. …

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    NISAW 2018: Channeled Apple Snails (Pomacea canaliculata)

    When you think of snails, you probably aren’t thinking about scary monsters that have been unleashed to terrorize us all. I’m here to warn you that you should. The channeled apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata) is a known agricultural pest that competes with native snail species. In our area (panhandle Florida, Hurlburt Field to be exact) …

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    NISAW 2018: A lovely but troublesome tree, Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)

    All along the roadsides and in home landscapes in summer, a profusion of fluffy pink blossoms are adorning trees known as mimosa, or Albizia julibrissin. This native of China was introduced to home landscapes in this country in the 1700’s to enjoy the fragrant, showy flowers and fine, lacy foliage. However, there is a dark …

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    Paddle Sports, the Key to Unlocking Ecotourism

    In the Panhandle, we are blessed to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful and ecologically diverse, fresh & marine water bodies on the planet. Paddle sports are the perfect way to experience. So, get out and explore! The oldest form of paddle sports, canoeing, is a great way to explore our natural waterways. …

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    Wildlife Food Plots for North Florida

    About this time each year the minds of sportsman and wildlife aficionados turn towards the planting of wildlife food plots for use by wildlife  in fall, winter , and early spring.  There are many factors to consider when planting a fall food plot if you want to be successful in the endeavor.  Food plots can …

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    Trying to Solve the Marine Debris Problem

    Since the early 1970’s, when Chief Iron Eyes Cody shed a tear on a television commercial, we have been trying to reduce the amount of solid waste found along our beaches and within our waters.   Though numerous agencies and civic groups, led by the Ocean Conservancy, have held beach and underwater clean ups over the …

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    With Hurricane Season Approaching, Are You Prepared for an Evacuation?

    Hurricane season begins this year on June 1st and ends November 30th. As Floridians, we face the possibility of hurricanes each year. This simply goes with the territory. During these months, it’s important to plan for the threat of a hurricane, and at the same time hope, it never happens. First and foremost, you may …

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