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Florida National Scenic Trail at Nokuse celebrated

New Florida Trail open from Choctawhatchee River to Eglin A.F.B. Trail lovers from around the area celebrated the opening of the new 20 mile stretch of the Florida National Scenic Trail’s Nokuse Plantation and the Lafayette Creek tract on Oct. 25. Completion of this section of hiking trail closes a significant gap in the 1,400-mile Florida National Scenic Trail that winds along a wilderness corridor the length of Florida. Hikers can explore natural Florida and learn about the area’s biodiversity...

An encounter with a living dinosaur

It’s not often one gets a chance to encounter a prehistoric creature. So when the opportunity arose to meet a fish with an ancestry that dates back 200 million years, well, I couldn’t pass. Through Nov. 7, The Panama City Field Office of the Fish & Wildlife Service is conducting a Gulf sturgeon fish population census on the Choctawhatchee River. I contacted Frank Parauka, Fishery Biologist with the FWS, and he was gracious enough to allow me to tag along...

Family YMCA Adventure Race Oct. 25

Take a drive to Niceville for a kayak paddle and a three-legged race Saturday, Oct 25th 7:30am until finished Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park The Department of Environmental Protection’s Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is hosting the YMCA Adventure Challenge. This is a three legged race including 3 miles of canoe/kayak paddling, 4.5 miles walking and 10 miles of off road biking. You must register for this event prior to race day. For additional info please contact our...

Eglin recreation permits now available

by Jerron Barnett Eglin Environmental Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Attention all Eglin outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the Fiscal Year 2008 hunting, fishing and recreation permits will go on sale at Jackson Guard Wednesday, beginning at 7 a.m. Several of the permit’s prices have slightly increased this year, due to increased costs to keep the program running, Justin Johnson, Jackson Guard outdoor recreation program manager, said. “The prices of the permits have held steady for nearly 15 years,...

Rehabilitated broad winged hawk released

Story and photos courtesy Crystal Bay Development When a family accidentally struck a young Broadwing Hawk on CR6 near Freeport on July 17, they immediately rushed the injured bird to Lisa Miller at the Wildlife Rehabilitators Partnership of Northwest Florida in Niceville.  Miller x-rayed the Hawk and found it had a fracture in a bone that corresponds to the forearm in humans. Miller called in veterinarian Lydia Staggs of Bayside Animal Hospital in Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach.  Staggs, who...