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Dear Florida: Save Silver Springs

By Tim Shanahan, Ocala When I moved my young family to Ocala in 1991 I fell in love with Silver Springs. It was the largest natural aquifer-based in the world by volume. You could float down the Silver River or ride a glass-bottom boat and

A Day in the Life of a Big Cypress Cattle Rancher

A swollen and crisp full moon hangs above the horizon, casting a silvery glow over the dew-soaked grasses and palmettos. The clock shows barely 6 a.m., yet the cowboys, mounted on their horses, have already been awake for hours. They’re dressed in heavy denim, button-down

Scallops underwater on green grass

Summertime Scalloping Tells Conservation Story

Despite the school year starting, it is still summer in Florida. And to me, that means scallop season. I eagerly await the weekend when I join friends for a few glorious days spent snorkeling in the gulf, spying the blue-eyed mollusks hiding amongst lush blades