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Apalachicola National Forest Begins Prescribed Fire Season Oct. 1

Tallahassee, FL – Residents and passersby may see some smoke in the air beginning Oct. 1 when the U.S. Forest Service starts its prescribed fire season of approximately 100,000 acres in the Apalachicola National Forest to prevent wildfires and promote a healthy forest for plants and animals.
Prescribed fire plays an integral part in reducing [...]

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Explore the Outdoors — U.S. Forest Service Offers Fee-Free Day For National Public Lands Day

Tallahassee, Fla. – In recognition of the 2009 National Public Lands Day, the U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees to the public on Sept. 26 at select day-use recreation areas in the Apalachicola, Osceola and Ocala National Forests.
National Public Lands Day was established to encourage citizen stewardship and visitation to public lands managed by the [...]

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Hunt Camp Passes Now Available for Ocala NF Hunting Season

Hunt camp passes are available for the 2009-2010 general gun season on the Ocala National Forest. Hunt camps will open at 8 a.m. Nov. 13, 2009, and close at 6 p.m. Jan. 11, 2010. (Info on the general gun season can be found at:

Those wishing to purchase a pass have the option to purchase [...]

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Be Bear Aware — U.S. Forest Service Implements Food Storage Policy

To prevent bears and other wildlife from becoming problems at popular recreation areas in the Ocala, Osceola and Apalachicola National Forests, the U.S. Forest Service recently implemented a forest-wide Food Storage policy requiring proper storage and disposal of food, garbage and other attractants.

(Video courtesy of mtozier)
“Public safety is a high priority for the U.S. Forest [...]

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Salt Springs in Ocala National Forest Continues to Undergo Reconstruction and Restoration

The Salt Springs day-use recreation area in the Ocala National Forest remains closed to the public as the U.S. Forest Service continues to undergo construction at this location.
The large scale construction project on the spring basin had an estimated completion date of fall 2009, but further repairs and landscaping will delay the opening of the [...]

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