natural resources

National seashore employs new sea turtle protocol

National seashore employs new sea turtle protocol

New protocol will be followed this season when it comes to sea turtles at Gulf Islands National Seashore. The seashore is modifying its handling of the turtles to conform to the protocol followed by the state, in which less labor-intensive and less intrusive efforts are used when dealing with nests. “Our practices have not aligned […]

Florida Forest Service recognized for prescribe fire efforts

Florida Forest Service recognized for prescribe fire efforts

The Florida Forest Service was recognized at the national level this month, receiving the Wildfire Mitigation Service Leadership Award for its efforts to create a record-breaking prescribed fire program. The award is the highest commendation for innovation and leadership in wildfire preparedness and mitigation. The awards are given by the National Association of State Foresters, […]

Road closure in Blackwater River State Forest

Road closure in Blackwater River State Forest

Officials with the Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater River State Forest have closed a portion of Sandy Forest Road for bridge replacement and road repair. The road is closed from Munson Highway to Charlie Foster Road. The bridge removal will be done by the Florida Forest Service and the new bridge will be installed by a […]