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Sep 27, 2022

Dry, windy weather in forecast, fire danger increases

The Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater Forestry Center is issuing words of warning for anyone considering any outdoor burning activities in the coming days: Use extreme caution or simply don’t do it.

According to the Florida Forest Service, it has been more than two weeks since most of the three-county area (Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties) has seen rainfall and wildfire danger is on the rise. Add to that a forecast calling for increased winds and low humidity for the next three days and firefighters are bracing for the possibility of significant fire activity.

Jun 15, 2016

Florida Forest Service restores and maintains longleaf ecosystem in Northwest Florida

TALLAHASSEE — More than 1,000 acres of the Blackwater River, Pine Log and Point Washington state forests have increased in biodiversity during the past three years due to an ongoing Florida Forest Se…

Jun 14, 2016

Pine beetle assistance program applications due soon

MILTON — The open application process for the Florida Forest Service’s Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program ends soon. Non-industrial, private land owners have until July 30 to s…

May 2, 2016

WILLIAMS: Why butterflies — Crestview's pretty pollinators — are so important

You’d have to look hard to find a downside to butterflies. Few cause damage to crops or humans, for instance. On the positive side, they are important pollinators; good indicators of the ecological…