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Outdoors

  • Asian citrus psyllids and other bad news

    Sometimes the news is just bad, and there is no way to sugar coat it.
    The plant diagnostic lab at UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy has confirmed the presence of Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) in the Florida Panhandle, also known as citrus greening and yellow dragon disease.
    Not surprisingly, the entomology program at NFREC also has confirmed Asian Citrus Psyllids in the region. This tiny insect is one of two psyllids which are known vectors or carriers of the bacteria which cause the citrus greening disease.

  • Getting ready to compete

    By MARJ LAW

    “Yes, we’re going to compete in the next PPC match,” says Joe to his friend’s son, Rick.
    “For real? When’s the match?” asks Rick. Joe has gone hunting with Rick. They’ve visited the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office range, too. Rick is in his early 20s, and is bonding with Joe very happily over shooting sports.
    “Who’s this ‘we,’” I wonder. Rick and Joe?
    Rick is looking at me with almost admiration.
    Oops.

  • Florida’s WMAs celebrate 75 years

    Special to The News

    This year, Florida’s Wildlife Management Areas turn 75. The fact that Florida has more conservation land now than it had in 1941 is remarkable, and a just cause for celebration.
    Florida was a much different state when the seeds of today’s WMA system started to grow. Just under two million people lived in the state and, in the face of widespread logging and development, few land parcels were safe. This changed with a forward-thinking move by Florida Governor Spessard Holland.

  • Underwater Wakulla

    By Travis Kersting

  • Underwater Wakulla- February 23, 2017

    The Pits.

     

  • Underwater Wakulla- February 16, 2017

    Start of our Season By Gregg Stanton

  • Underwater Wakulla

    By GREGG STANTON

  • FWC Law Enforcement Report

    From FWC News

    This report represents some events the FWC handled over the week, Jan.27-Feb. 2.
    There were no cases reported in Wakulla County.

  • NWFWMD hosts veterans for hunt

    Special to The News

    The Northwest Florida Water Management District played host to six hunters selected through Operation Outdoor Freedom for a weekend deer-hunting experience. These hunts are open to wounded veterans of all branches the United States military.

  • FWC approves bay scallop season changes in region

    Special to The News

    At its February meeting in Crystal River, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discussed the current status of bay scallops in St. Joseph Bay in Gulf County; approved regional changes to the bay scallop season dates in Gulf County and areas surrounding Gulf County; and discussed potential season dates in Dixie County and parts of Taylor County. These changes are for 2017 only and are an opportunity to explore regionally-specific bay scallop seasons.