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Crooked Lake Workshop on Minimum and Guidance Levels in Polk County Announced

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) invites the public to a workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Frostproof City Hall located at 111 West First Street in Frostproof. The purpose of the workshop is to allow for public comment on the proposed minimum and guidance levels for Crooked Lake in Polk County.

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Florida District to Hold Series of Hog Hunts in 2016-2017, Permits Will Be Available Online

District land managers plan to hold a series of hog hunts on District lands throughout the year to help reduce the wild hog population.

Wild hogs, which are not native to Florida, can cause damage with their broad snouts and can leave an area looking like a plowed field. They also prey on native wildlife, compete with native species for food and transmit diseases to other wildlife, livestock and humans. Additionally, hogs may facilitate the spread of exotic plant species by transporting seeds and/or providing germination sites through rooting.

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Washington DNR and Partners Receive Conservation Award for a Forest Management Project to Avoid Catastrophic Fire

It may seem counterintuitive, but some forests in the Pacific Northwest have too many trees for their own good. These dense forests are more prone to disease, insect infestations and, most troubling of all, huge fires that are exacerbated by climate change. This year is poised to be another record-setting year for fires. Last year was the fourth-worst wildfire year since 1960 and six of the 10 largest U.S. wildfires were in the Pacific Northwest.

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Central Canada SFI Implementation Committee Grows Partnerships One MOU and Hard Hat Sticker at a Time

Jared Johnson proudly wearing an SFI Qualified Logging Professional sticker. Photo: Resolute FPOperating across two time zones and two Canadian provinces, with a combined area the size of continental Europe, hasn't stopped the Central Canada Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committee from setting a new standard for community building, partnerships and member participation. In recognition of this outsized effort, the committee received the SFI Implementation Committee Award at the SFI 2016 Annual Conference.  

"The committee has established an extraordinary range of partnerships and signed 15 memorandums of understanding (MOUs). The central Canada committee is the first Canadian committee to win this award. The fact that they managed to stand out in such a competitive competition, among 34 SFI Implementation Committees, speaks volumes about the good work they are doing to promote SFI and spread responsible forestry," said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. The committee's partners come from government, NGOs, universities, Indigenous groups and industry.

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Winning Weather Photography Announced!

Photos came in from around the country, but in the end, there was only one Grand Prize winner in Weatherwise Magazine’s 2016 Photo Contest: Fred Wasmer of Gainesville, Florida, won for his picture of a jet aircraft flying underneath a bank of mammatus clouds.

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