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Outdoors

  • Taking it easy

    Everyone needs a break from the fresh water at Manatee Springs and what could be better than surrounding yourself with the people you love and a good book.

  • DEP to host mangrove workshops

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District has hosted several workshops to train participants on Florida’s regulations and best management practices for the maintenance of mangroves.

    Landscapers, consultants and homeowners throughout Flagler, St. Johns and Levy counties have attended. The Northeast District is eager to offer additional workshops and is asking the public to contact the district about participating in future workshops. 

  • Boaters reminded to be safe during scallop season

     The Coast Guard, along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is emphasizing boating safety at the start of this year’s bay scallop season from June 27 - Sept. 24..

    The Coast Guard is expecting to see an increase in the amount of boaters on the water for this year’s season and strongly encourage boaters to put safety at the forefront for this bay scallop season.

  • Manatee Springs Magnolia Campground gets a facelift

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service opened the newly renovated Magnolia Campground at Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland on July 1. The Magnolia Campground renovations, which total $1.3 million, include six additional campsites, upgrades to the existing campsites, a 2,090-square-foot bathroom and shower facility, new sidewalks, fire pits, grills, picnic tables and sanitary sewer system.

  • Leaping sturgeon injures two on Suwannee

    A leaping sturgeon has injured two more people on the Suwannee River with the latest collision between the prehistoric fish that has armored plants along its sides coming on Monday, July 13, at 11 a.m.

  • Steer clear of nesting sea turtles this holiday weekend

     The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is urging the public to be aware of nesting sea turtles while they celebrate this holiday weekend.

    FWC law enforcement officers on patrol this weekend will explain the unintended consequences that can occur when nesting turtles are disturbed by beachgoers. They also will explain the laws in place to protect these turtles. 

  • Teen injured by jumping sturgeon

    A 14-year-old Fanning Springs girl was hit and injured by a jumping sturgeon on the Suwannee River this past Sunday.

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers reported Heavyn Nash was riding with her mother and grandfather when a 4-to-6 foot sturgeon leapt out of the water and into the boat hitting her and knocking her unconscious, said an FWC press release. The collision occurred just south of Manatee Springs near Usher Landing.

    Nash was taken to Manatee Springs and from there transported to the hospital where she was treated and released.

  • FWC: Don't feed the alligators

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a publication available on its website, “A Guide to Living with Alligators,” that warns the public of the dangers involved in feeding alligators.

    It's against the law. And violators can be cited and spend time in court or pay a fine.

    The brochure , by Jamie Feddersen and Tim Donovan, both of the FWC, advises swimmers to not swim outside of posted swimming areas or in waters that may be inhabited by alligators.

    Feddersen and Donovan write in the brochure:

  • FWC wants to hear from you on bear management

    If you want to get a word in edgewise on how black bears are managed in Florida, you will have two oppotunities — onday, March 23, and Thursday, March 26, during webinares held at 6 p.m. on each date. You do not have to be computer savvy to participate. 

    The state’s largest land mammal has come back from just several hundred bears in the 1970s to more than 3,000 today. And there have been sightings of bears in Levy County's wooded areas and hammocks. 

  • Two Indians sign with major universities

    Two of Chiefland Middle High School's brightest stars will be blazing out of town at the end of the year, thanks to athletic scholarships.

    "It doesn't happen, especially at a school as small as we are," CMHS Athletic Director and Coach Aaron Richardson said about the football scholarships given to players Willie Brannon and Austin Vincent. "Today is a culmination of many years of hard work and perseverance."

    The two signed letters of intent Wednesday.