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Feb. 24, 2017
New boat and kayak launch opens at Lake Apopka North Shore
Visitors and outdoor enthusiasts have a new way to explore the Lake Apopka North Shore. Representatives from several community organizations and governments joined the district Feb. 23 to celebrate the opening of a new recreational facilities at Lake Apopka North Shore.
Controlled burn conducted at Orange Creek Restoration Area in Alachua County
The district conducted a 78-acre prescribed burn Feb. 21 at the Orange Creek Restoration Area North Tract in Alachua County, south of Southeast 219th Avenue in Island Grove and north of the Orange Creek Restoration Area boat ramp to reduce hazardous fuel loads and maintain fire-dependent ecosystems.
This week in district social media
- Thanks to district staffer Richard Guilfoyle from our Projects Division for his work with students from High Springs Community School. Richard is a former teacher and recently spent time working with 8th grade students learning about orienteering.
- Thanks to district staffers Jessica Bell, Jennifer Mitchell, Deirdre Irwin and Danielle Spears, who were guest speakers and activity leaders at the Feb. 18 Expanding Your Horizons STEM conference at the University of North Florida. Science, technology, engineering and math play a big role at the district, and we were excited to share our passion for water with 180 girls at this year’s conference.
- Shout out to Land Resources Bureau Chief Steven Miller and Land Management Specialist Taylor Schenk, who explained the benefits of prescribed fire and demonstrated a prescribed burn during the Red Hills Fire Festival at Tall Timbers in Tallahassee this weekend.
- For #TrailTuesday we explored the district’s Econlockhatchee Sandhills Conservation Area in east Orange County. There, visitors can hike sandhills to pine flatwoods to swamp and the river within a short distance. For directions and a map, visit http://ow.ly/s4Zs3037aQV
- For #WildlifeWednesday, we featured a white ibis (Eudocimus albus), which are commonly seen in wetlands and grassy areas throughout the district.
Water conservation tip
Use a faucet aerator to help save water. They can cut your water flow — and potentially your costs — in half while delivering sufficient water pressure for household needs.