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Interesting Links

The following links lead to interesting information, facts and other information related to orchids and botanical matters:

  • "Family Forests - Portraits Of Private Land Stewardship In Florida" --- Chris Demers
    The embedded link above will take you to the Pine Rockland Home Page showing the 5 pages featuring Terry & Barbara's Pine Ridge Sancturay Forest Stewardship story from Chris' new book about the families involved with the Florida Forest Stewardship Program. Chris is the Program Manage of the University of Florida (UF) / Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (IFAS) School of Forest Resources and Conservation. Two-thirds of Florida's land area (24 million acres or about 36,000 square miles) consists of forests, croplands, and ranches (Hodges et al, 2017). According to a recent report on the economic contributions of the forest industry and forest-based recreation in Florida, the total economic contribution of forests and the forest industry in Florida is $45.2 billion. Florida has over 17,000,000 acres of forests. Only about 29% (4.9 million acres) of these forests are Federally, State, or Municipally owned plus 42% (7.1 million acres) owned by timber companies and other corporate entities, leaving 29% (5.0 million acres) private non-industrial owned (meaning they do not manufacture forest products nor provide a public utility service). A significant portion of Florida's forest lands are owned by families and individuals, many of whom are managing their land for conservation, forestry, wildlife habitat, recreation, agricultural production, or a combination of these goals. Rapidly increasing population pressures conversion of these forests into residential and/or commercial uses. These forest lands contribute significantly to our quality of life, traditional rural lifestyles, the economy of Florida and the Nation, the beauty of the landscape ecosystem, as well as the national and global food supply. Private lands also play a crucial role in the conservation of wildlife populations in Florida. A recent Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission report, "Wildlife 2060: What's At Stake," projects that Florida human population may double to 36 million in the next 40 years. About 7 million acres of land could be converted from rural and natural to urban uses. This is an area larger than Connecticut plus Rhode Island combined. Roads, shopping malls, and subdivisions will certainly affect not only the rich plant and animal diversity but also our water supply and quality. As caretakers/stewards of a significant portion of the remaining forests, Florida's family forest owners are playing a crucial role in the conservation of Florida's forests and natural resources. As a dire example, Miami-Dade County at one time had over 192,000 acres of Pine Rockland ecosystem. Today less than 1% (1,920 acres) exists privatley owned - the rest had been converted to concrete, housing, and businesses. The survival of many native plant and wildlife species are dependent on the long-term vision, stewardship ethic, and active forest management of family forest owners and their heirs.
  • This 1975 Jaguar XJ-6C Is our son's link to his past - for PCs - .mov file -
    A story in Petrolicious.com about our son's 1975 Jaguar XJ-6-C and his beautiful 1970 Jaguar XJ-6 Sedan. An incredibly well done video produced from a full day of filming by Petrolicious. This film will download as a .mov file to your computer - it is perfectly safe & virus/malware free.
  • This 1975 Jaguar XJ-6C Is our son's link to his past - for Macs - .mp4 file -
    A story in Petrolicious.com about our son's 1975 Jaguar XJ-6-C and his beautiful 1970 Jaguar XJ-6 Sedan. An incredibly well done video produced from a full day of filming by Petrolicious. This film will download as a .mov file to your computer - it is perfectly safe & virus/malware free.
  • Pine Rockland Working Group (PRWG)
    The PRWG is a group of individuals representing nongovernmental organizations, local, State, and Federal government agencies from Florida, the Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos Islands, along with private landowners (including Pine Ridge Sanctuary) who share an interest in the management and conservation of Pine Rocklands.
    http://fl.water.usgs.gov/Miami/pineland/
  • Connect To Protect Network - Fairchild Tropical Gardens
    The Connect To Protect Network's objective is to create a network of corridors and gardens that connects the isolated fragments of the globally endangered Pine Rocklands so that bees, butterflies, birds, and other anuimals can find and transport seed and pollen across developed areas that seperate Pine Rockland fragments helping to improve and diversify the gene pool. Some of the supporting agencies are -- U.S Fish and WIldlife Service, Miami-Dade County Natural Areas Management and Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry, Endangered and Threatened Native Flora Conservation Grants Program, Institute for Regional Conservation, and us - Pine Ridge Sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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