Environment

Spring Palm Tree Care

Palm trees in Hernando County frequently look a little rough this time of year. Winter temperatures and weather here are not ideal for palm tree growth, so your palms may have some freeze damage, dead fronds, and not much new, healthy green growth. If you follow a few basic rules for good palm health, you can take steps now to ensure that your palms will be healthy and looking good for many years to come. 

Peck Sink improvement grant approved

County commissioners voted unanimously to accept a state grant to make access improvements at Peck Sink Trail and construct an overlook platform.  The grant application was originally approved in 2019.  The project is expected to cost the county $41,240 of the estimated $206,200 total.  The $164,960 grant is offered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Recreational Trail Program.  The county’s match will come from District 2 parks impact fees.

Audubon, Challenger K-8 program insuring future pollination of native plants

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

 

We caught up with Hernando Audubon Society President Marcie Clutter.  Clutter and a group of volunteers which included members of the Hernando Native Plant Society, Hernando Master Gardeners, and the Hernando Audubon Society planted 8 cubic feet of native Florida plants during an Audubon Day event at Challenger K8. 

Scharf Virtual Cleanup

Brittany Scharf, Florida Sea Grant Agent with UF/IFAS Hernando County

Due to the national situation, we are unable to host our annual coastal cleanup in Hernando County. But we aren't going to let that stop us! Participate in our virtual coastal cleanup and help keep out coastal and marine waterways clean! 

Conservation of Mud Springs Property through DEP Partnership

By LISA MACNEIL
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At the September 8, 2020 regular meeting, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved the submission of the Mud Springs Management Prospectus to the Department of Environmental Protection Division of State Lands.

Mud Springs is the head spring of the Mud River located just north of the Weeki Wachee River.  The Mud River joins with the Weeki Wachee and then flows into the Gulf of Mexico.