Environment

Arlington Community Tired Of Tree In House

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In August, a huge oak tree fell onto an Arlington home in foreclosure -  and it's been sitting here ever since.

"The house is in foreclosure and Bank of America is the lien holder," said Naomi Karkanen, vice president of the Colony Cove Civic Association. She has called the bank a dozen times.

"The response has been to shuffle us from one person to another," she said. "We have made phone calls to Bank of America preservation; they have no interest."

The tree has breached the property in two areas and its weight has caused a hole in the ceiling.

"There's a lot of frustration...the house was gorgeous and it is being ruined by the rain, the humidity, by animals getting into there," said Karkanen. 

"The house is going to be worth nothing."

The city's municipal code enforcement division has issued a citation to the property owner on record, and is waiting on a response.

UNF Environmental Center Hosts First Annual Green Week

The Environmental Center at the University of North Florida is hosting its first annual Green Week, starting Monday, Oct. 25, and running through Friday, Oct. 29, in an effort to make UNF a “greener” campus. The week will kick off with a tree planting and will end with a boat expedition on the St. Johns River.

Here are the following 2010 Green Week activities:

Green Ospreys Tree Planting: 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Student Union Pond—Green Ospreys, a new environmental club on campus, will plant nine cherry trees surrounding the pond in the core of campus in front of the Student Union. UNF President John Delaney will plant the first tree.

Duval County Public Schools Creating a Green Culture

Recently, the Duval County School Board approved the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) proposal of nearly $800,000. The funded amount will continue to expand efforts within three categories: school retrofit, waste reduction activities and low emission vehicles.

St. Johns RIVERKEEPER recently launched an iPhone app to complement its Get Your Feet Wet guide

 St. Johns RIVERKEEPER recently launched an iPhone app to complement its Get Your Feet Wet guide to the St. Johns River. 

The “Get your Feet Wet, iPhone edition” guidebook app is a valuable resource that allows users to explore and learn about the St. Johns River from Palatka to the Atlantic Ocean with the convenience of their phone.

Jacksonville Arboretum Events

 Full Moon Campfire

Keeping Critters out of Your Home

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- They can cause the kind of damage that can lead to costly home repairs. They are the four-legged critters looking for a place to stay warm.

"There are rodents, squirrels and raccoons always around this time of year looking for nesting sites," said Jeff Saylor.

Saylor, with Arrow Exterminators, said those nesting sites are in First Coast homes.

Saylor the entry points are easy to find; just look near the air conditioning systems.

"Service lines are easy access points for rodents to get into your home," said Saylor.

He said another weak spot is the soffit, the area under the eaves of the roof. 

"Rats can get through an area the size of a quarter, mice can get through about the size of a dime," he said.

Even a tree near your home can become an access point.

Saylor's advice is pay attention to the surroundings.

New Blood Perks Up Florida Panther Population

USA Today - By the early 1990s there were only 20 to 25 Florida panthers left out of what was once a large and thriving population – and those that remained were sickly and inbred, destined for extinction within 20 years, experts estimated. So in 1995 conservation managers moved eight wild-caught female pumas from Texas to the area – a reintroduction so successful that between 1995 and 2008 a total of 424 panther births have been documented.