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Poisonous algae and how it's affecting Florida's waters

Posted by Sam Haught on Aug 18, 2016 4:16:44 PM

On June 29, 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Martin and St. Lucie counties due to the presence of the algae blooms in local waterways.

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Topics: Florida Everglades, Natural Florida

Why prescribed burns are necessary for Florida's ecosystem

Posted by Sam Haught on Mar 28, 2016 2:00:39 PM

When touring the headwaters of the Florida Everglades on one of our airboats, you may have seen one of our favorite parts of native Florida. Not just the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, but a real working cattle ranch.

Brahman cattle are something you're sure to see on the ranch, and this time of year you may see evidence of a prescribed burn, too.

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Topics: Natural Florida, Florida Wildlife

Nature Deficit Disorder: Why you need to go outside

Posted by Sam Haught on Jan 15, 2016 11:41:00 AM

We spend a lot of time in offices, classrooms and stores, where the air is conditioned and the lights are fluorescent. It can feel downright oppressive at times.

But the answer is always right there, just outside. Ahhhh, fresh air – the go-to antidote for the indoor blues.

You might have heard of nature deficit disorder, or NDD. The term was coined more than 10 years ago by author Richard Louv in his widely read book, Last Child in the Woods, and its follow-up, The Nature Principle. Nature deficit disorder isn’t an official medical diagnosis. But Louv’s work generated new interest in the idea that modern life is increasingly separating us from the natural world... and much to our peril.

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Topics: Natural Florida

The Everglades in Central Florida? Are you sure?

Posted by Sam Haught on Nov 20, 2015 3:01:15 PM

Many associate the Everglades with South Florida, where the slow-moving “river of grass” flows into the ocean.

But Central Florida is also a vital part of the Everglades, which spans far beyond the 1.5 million-acre national park near Miami. It’s actually a vast ecosystem encompassing millions of acres of undeveloped land between Central Florida and South Florida, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River Valley.

It’s the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. and tourists from around the country and around the world are drawn to this natural wonder and its diverse plant and animal life every year.

Here in the middle of the state, we’re at the mouth of the Everglades. Activist and writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas dubbed it the “river of grass” in her 1947 book. And it’s easy to see why that applies in South Florida. There, the table-flat terrain goes on for miles in a southward flow of green as far as the eye can see.

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Topics: Everglades, Florida Everglades, Natural Florida, Central Florida, Florida Wildlife, Swamps

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