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2017-2018 Hog Hunting Season

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has organized a new series of Hog hunts throughout the year to help reduce the wild hog population.

Wild hogs are a non-native species can have a negative impact on our preservation lands. This includes:

  • Preying on native wildlife, competing with native species for food and transmitting diseases to other wildlife, livestock and humans.
  • Damage with their broad snouts can leave an area looking like a plowed field.
  • Wild boars may facilitate the spread of exotic plant species by transporting seeds and/or providing germination sites through rooting.

This Feral Hog Dog Hunt Program is put together to reduce the wild hog population or to at least keep it within manageable numbers on District lands. Continue reading 2017-2018 Hog Hunting Season

Weeki Wachee Cave Diving

Exploration of the cave system below Weeki Wachee Springs in Hernando County. Divers Brett Hemphill and Matt Vinzant explore the cave system to locate a possible connection to other springs such as the well-known Hospital Hole on the Weeki Wachee River.
Entry to the cave system is made at Twin D’s, located 0.5 mile southwest of the main spring. Continue reading Weeki Wachee Cave Diving

Hernando County Fertilizer Ordinance

Hernando County has a “black out period” from January 1st thru March 31st in which lawns may not be fertilized.

fertilizeThis local ordinance came about as a measure to protect the Weeki Wachee River. As this waterway’s watershed extends to a large part of the county, run-off will greatly affect the quality of its water.
Currently, the Weeki Wachee River exceeds its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of nitrates. The source of that can be found in the over-application of fertilizers. This results in excessive algae growth and can ultimately lead to lower oxygen levels in the water and potential fish-kill.

This river is dear to us locals and complying with the ordinance is a simple way to improve our environment and secure a better future for this unique spring-fed river.

The full ordinance is available at extension.hernandocounty.us.

Centralia Historic Marker Project

Centralia Historic Marker Project

centralia sawmillCentralia (1910-1922), located only a few miles north of Weeki Wachee, was once a thriving, but short-lived logging town and sawmill, which had a significant impact upon Hernando County’s past.

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society has actively sought to recognize significant historic sites in Hernando County by the installation of historic markers through the Florida Division of Historical Resources Historic Marker Program.

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Prescribed Fires for Hernando County

The Land Management Section of the Southwest Florida Water Management District will be conducting prescribed burns during the months of October through March at two preserves in Hernando County.

weeki wachee preserveApproximately 400 acres at Weeki Wachee Preserve will be burned in small, manageable units. The property is located west of US Highway 19 between Spring Hill and Hernando Beach. Some trails may be temporarily closed during prescribed burn events.

Approximately 300 acres at Annuteliga Hammock will be burned in small, manageable units. The property is comprised of several blocks and is located east of US Highway 19 and north of Centralia Road and south of the county line.

According to Will VanGelder, the District’s land management supervisor, burns are implemented to mimic natural fire cycles under a controlled situation. The objective is to avert uncontrolled wildfires and enhance the area’s natural conditions by maintaining the ecological and wildlife habitat values. Prescribed burns are only conducted when weather conditions are optimal to meet the desired objectives and to minimize impacts to the public.

Although every effort will be made to assure that smoke does not affect homes or highways, vehicle operators should exercise caution if smoke reduces visibility on the area’s roads or highways.

Prescribed Fires for Pasco County

The Land Management Section of the Southwest Florida Water Management District will be conducting prescribed burns during the months of October through March on the Weeki Wachee Preserve in Pasco County. aripeka sandhilsThe property is located north of Hudson west of US Highway 19 and includes the Aripeka Sandhills (Aripeka Road) tract. Approximately 50 acres will be burned in small, manageable units.

According to Will VanGelder, the District’s land management supervisor, burns are implemented to mimic natural fire cycles under a controlled situation. The objective is to avert uncontrolled wildfires and enhance the area’s natural conditions by maintaining the ecological and wildlife habitat values. Prescribed burns are only conducted when weather conditions are optimal to meet the desired objectives and to minimize impacts to the public.

Although every effort will be made to assure that smoke does not affect homes or highways, vehicle operators should exercise caution if smoke reduces visibility on the area’s roads or highways.

Greenways And Trails Projects

The Florida Greenways and Trails Council will start two days of meetings and consider numerous projects for designation as parts of the Florida Greenways and Trails System.

The Florida Greenways and Trails Council (FGTC) was established pursuant to 260.0142, Florida Statutes. Among its duties, the Council serves to advise the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on greenway and trail related issues, promote intergovernmental cooperation and private partnerships for developing the greenways and trails system, recommend priorities for critical links in the system, and provide funding recommendations for developing and managing the system.

The council typically meets four times a year at various locations throughout the state.

The next meetings will be held at:
weeki wachee preserve

  • Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
    6131 Commercial Way
    Weeki Wachee

    Tuesday, July 7, 2014 – 1 PM
    Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – 8 AM

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