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11 Jan: Goulds Pineland Preserve is now completely protected

Thanks to a contribution from TD Bank Forests Program and The Nature Conservancy of Florida Photo courtesy of Armando Paul Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County.  Among those picture are Commissioner Dennis C. Moss; Janet Gil, EEL Program Director; Rodell Collins, Natural Areas Management PROS; Milica Koscica, The Nature Conservancy; Jerry Montgomery, The Nature Conservancy; Pastor Timothy Shellman, Morning…

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26 Oct: The Nature Conservancy’s Wagner Creek Greenspace Restoration Project Awarded $20,000 Grant from The Miami Foundation’s Public Space Challenge

Funding will help reduce flooding, connect people with nature, provide space for recreation, and support wildlife. Miami, FL | October 21, 2016 The Nature Conservancy’s Wagner Creek Greenspace Project has been awarded $20,000 as one of the winners of The Miami Foundation’s 2016 Public Space Challenge. The funding will support the restoration project, which aims to create beautiful,…

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19 Oct: Worst case scenarios explored for state’s iconic citrus crop

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Economists are telling the state’s Citrus Commission that Florida orange production could sink by another two-thirds in the next 10 years if better solutions to the fatal bacterial disease citrus greening don’t arise. The worst case scenario was presented to the commission this week. The Lakeland Ledger reports that experts presented three forecasts…

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26 Sep: Extremely low monarch numbers latest downturn in 20-year decline

Kay MacNeil speaks about her efforts to grow the number of Monarch butterflies in Illinois.  She currently chairs the Garden Clubs of Illinois’ President Project called Milkweed for Monarchs. During his slogs through Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve in northwest suburban Deer Park, designated butterfly observer Jim Peterson documented what many keen outdoors enthusiasts may have…

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24 Sep: Florida’s tomato crop at risk because of rare strain of fly

MPA, Fla. (AP) —€” A white-winged pest less than a millimeter long threatens to devastate Florida’s $500 million tomato crop —€” more than half of which comes from Hillsborough and Manatee counties. The Tampa Bay Times reports that concern is so high for the already struggling industry, it could be a tipping point for the Florida…

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18 Aug: Top lawmaker calls for buying up sugar land to clean Everglades

TALLAHASSEE — In what environmentalists are calling a significant breakthrough in Everglades restoration efforts, incoming Senate President Joe Negron leapfrogged over agricultural industry opposition and on Tuesday called for a massive $2.4 billion state and federal land-buying program to buy sugar land to store water south of Lake Okeechobee and repair the fragile Everglades ecosystem. The…

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17 Aug: Sugar farmers struggle to meet Everglades pollution limit

Farmers in the Everglades just barely met the legal requirement for cutting pollution in water over the last year. According to figures released this week by the South Florida Water Management District, growers dominated by the sugar industry in the 470,000-acre Everglades Agricultural Area cut phosphorus flowing from fields by 27 percent during a year…

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20 Jul: South Florida water managers unveil quick fix for Florida Bay

HIGHLIGHTS Changes would double water flowing into Taylor Slough Water managers hope additional water will freshen the central bay Local officials worry amount still too little As they struggle to gain control of massive algae outbreak that has fouled the Treasure Coast with a green, chunky toxic slime, South Florida water managers on Thursday unveiled…

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22 May: Connect with Nature | Art Project Winners!

The Connect with Nature Art Contest has come to an end, and we have our winners! Utilizing the teaching model, “See, Build, Move, Sketch” developed by the Nature Explore team, the Citizen Scientist Project offered participants the chance to explore and examine various items found in our local natural environment. Engaging children and adults to…

20 Oct: Village & Citizen Scientist Project Conduct Mangrove Cleanup

The Village of Key Biscayne and the Citizen Scientist Project of the Key Biscayne Community Foundation joined forces this past Saturday, October 18th to conduct a cleanup of the mangroves adjacent to the Mashta Flats. The activity was led by Village Council Member Jim Taintor. Councilman Taintor was assisted by a group of over 10…

20 Aug: Port Dredging Damaging Sea Life

The following information was taken from an August 19th, 2014 story in the Miami Herald and relates to the effects of ongoing dredging in Government Cut. The Army Corps of Engineers is managing the project to increase the size of Government Cut, the main entry channel to the Port of Miami. State environmental inspectors have…

20 Mar: Seagrass Damaged Off Key Biscayne

The following information was taken from a news article that appeared in the March 3, 2014 Miami Herald. The article describes damage done to sea grass beds located off Key Biscayne. The area is called Mashta Flats and falls under the jurisdiction of the Village of Key Biscayne. Sea grass is important to the Key…