Environment

Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens Florida Urban and Community Forestry Grant

November 23, 2010 The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Inc. significantly enhanced it’s outreach to the community with the aid of the Florida Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program during 2010.  These funds were made available to organizations and municipalities to develop or enhance their urban and community forestry programs.

FWC Launches Database to Help Reduce Derelict Vessels

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) launched a program this week to help prevent vessels in state waterways from becoming derelict. Through the At-Risk Vessel Program, FWC officers will collaborate with local sheriffs’ offices and police departments to enter information about potential derelict vessels into a statewide database.

Tips: Keep Home and Décor Pest-Free This Holiday Season

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is sharing their tips for how consumers can avoid infestations that can be caused by pests who hide in holiday decorations like Christmas trees, garlands and ornament storage boxes.

Celebrate Keep America Beautiful’s Annual America Recycles Day

The City of Jacksonville, Keep Jacksonville Beautiful (KJB) and Southland Recycling Services will celebrate Keep America Beautiful’s annual America Recycles Day for the first time in Jacksonville with an event to collect a host of residential recyclable materials at a centralized location.  Included in this event is the opportunity for residents to shred old /unneeded documents and give new life to used cell phones and chargers. 

Monday, Nov. 15, 2-6 p.m.

Prime Osborn Convention Center parking lot, 1000 Water St.

BP official to hold Q&A session on Facebook

Dave Rainey, Vice President of Science and Technology for BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization (GCRO), returns to Facebook on Wednesday, November 10 at 2 p.m. (CDT). This session will build on Dave’s first Q&A and address questions regarding BP's commitment to the health and safety of Gulf residents, wildlife, and the environment. To submit a question, please visit BP's Facebook page and submit a comment by Tuesday, November 9 at noon (CST).  To view Dave's earlier Facebook Q&A, click here.  To learn more about BP’s Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and other restoration efforts, visit the Environmental Restoration page on BP.com.

State Parks Waive Entrance Fees for Veterans Day

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service will offer free day-use entrance to Florida State Parks on Thursday, November 11, 2010.

In honor of the services and sacrifices of United States veterans, their families and communities, day-use entrance to all of Florida State Parks will be waived to park visitors on Veterans Day. This offer does not include Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

For more information on Florida’s state parks or Veterans Day event details visit www.floridastateparks.org or www.twitter.com/FLStateParks.   

Watering Restrictions Set at One Day Per Week with the Change to Standard Time

The City of Jacksonville Environmental & Compliance Department reminds Duval County residents that as they set their clocks back one hour on Sunday, Nov. 7 for Eastern Standard Time, they should also reduce lawn and landscape irrigation to no more than one day per week.