Environment

City of Valdosta's facebook page

Valdosta Public Works is using its Mosquito Control Outreach program to remind citizens they can help fight mosquitos too. 

Tim Donovan / FWC's Flickr

The number of boating accidents in Florida has been on the rise since 2016.

Lance Cheung

With the state’s energy portfolio surpassing 60 percent natural gas, Florida’s utility regulators are pushing for greater diversity.

Manatee
National Geographic

The most recent data on manatee deaths has been released by The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

Canopy road
Freestone Wilson via Flickr

An upcoming workshop by the City Commission will address concerns over Tallahassee’s urban planning. The Urban Forest Master Plan will provide ways to balance the city’s need for infrastructure and trees. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Springtime in North Florida means blooming flowers, trips to the beach and more active black bears. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are encouraging residents to take precautions as bears come out of hibernation. To keep bears out of neighborhoods, Dave Telesco, who directs the FWC’s Bear Management Program recommends ensuring bears can’t get into the garbage.

Sea turtles on beach
Isabella Jusková

Sea turtle nesting season is officially underway. Officials are advising beachgoers to take precautions to help keep turtles safe.

Oil Rig
Zukiman Mohamad / Pexels

Money from the BP oil spill settlement is headed to the Panhandle. The dollars will fund water and sewer lines for an industrial park, technical-education programs and an expansion of the Port of Panama City.

Amanda Nalley / Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced new recreational fishing dates for the greater amberjack due to reports of overfishing. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission wants more research for approving the harvest of previously endangered goliath groupers. But, many against the decision say the science does not back up the reasoning.

A snowy plover on its nest
FWC's Flickr

It’s Nesting season for Florida’s waterbirds. And, Florida wildlife officials say it’s important the public keeps its distance, while on the beach or boating on the state’s waterways.

Photo of a water passage cutting through green brush in the Everglades
Erich Martin

Florida Wildlife Officials are considering an executive order to keep so called “Injurious wildlife species” from being brought into the state. Paul Grey works with Audubon Florida. He says the order is important since Florida is especially susceptible to the negative impact of invasive species.

Wildfire burning in Florida forest
Florida Forest Service Facebook

The 2018 prescribed burning season has contained dozens of fires across the state of Florida, and the most recent one will take place in Leon County. 

A manatee mating herd at Coquina Beach in Manatee County
FWC Screenshot

Florida wildlife officials say they’ve received many calls of manatees in distress all over the state. But, officials say a lot of times, the sea cows are just mating.

Bison walking down Buck Lake road in Tallahassee
Jennie Harrison Kroeger

Leon County residents are reporting a loose bison on Buck Lake Road. The Leon County Sheriff's office is working to wrangle the animal.

Kate Payne

The city of Tallahassee is offering to foot the bill for about 130 residents in Tallahassee’s Southside to switch from septic tanks to sewer.

Wildfire burning in Florida forest
Florida Forest Service Facebook

More than 30 wildfires are burning across Florida, and at least three of them are still significant—burning thousands of acres.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

Florida’s 1.3 million alligators inhabit all of the state’s 67 counties, and wildlife officials are urging the public to be careful around the reptiles. The warning comes as some gators are turning up in unlikely places.

U.S. Rep Al Lawson meets DeMarcus Williams of the Federation of Southern Cooperative Farmers following the Farmers Roundtable (3/24/18).
Stephanie Lambert / Office of Congressman Al Lawson

Nearly 100 North Florida and South Georgia farmers turned out to give Congressman Al Lawson their thoughts on what should be included in a federal farm bill. At the top of concerns: trade issues between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Florida Forest Service facebook

Agriculture officials are warning Floridians to use caution due to significantly heightened wildfire risk. Dangerous conditions are present statewide.

Ryan Dailey / WFSUNews

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials are in Gadsden County to present more than 26 million dollars to Florida’s conservation agency. The funds will go to boost conservation, purchase land and build recreation facilities in parks like Gadsden’s Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center.

two florida oranges hanging on a tree
Carol VanHook via Flikr / flickr

President Donald Trump is threatening to put tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the United States, and Friday the European Union released a list of products it says it will tax in retaliation—including Orange Juice.

David Moynahan / David Moynahan Photography

A conference in Tallahassee is bringing together political officials, academics and conservation agencies who hope to make the Apalachicola River’s health a national discussion.

Josh O'Connor WSFWF

A wild fire burning about 4-miles southwest of Tallahassee is about 60-percent contained. Regan McCarthy reports Florida Forest Service officials are warning motorists to use caution when driving in smoky areas.

Tom Flanigan

Sometimes amazing wonders can lie unseen under our feet. A Tallahassee biologist whose life work is bringing those wonders out into the open now has a new exhibit of these remarkable revelations at the Tallahassee Museum.

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