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Friday, October 12, 2012

Get a Charge Out of This

Ramona Madhosingh-Hector,
Urban Sustainability Agent
If you own an electric car, you’re in luck! You can now charge your vehicle at one of two designated electric charging stations in the west parking lot of the Pinellas County Courthouse in downtown Clearwater.

The two parking spaces or electric vehicle supply equipment sites are reserved for electric cars only. The program is the result of an agreement between the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and Progress Energy Florida with funding from a Department of Energy grant.

The electric charging stations are part of the Get Ready Tampa Bay campaign to make alternative transportation choices readily available throughout the Tampa Bay area. Progress Energy plans to install 30 stations in Pinellas County, adjacent to government buildings, libraries, city halls, and commercial establishments.

Soon, getting around in your electric vehicle will be a convenient and comfortable driving experience. 


Pinellas County Government
Get Ready Tampa 
National Project Get Ready

Monday, October 8, 2012

Parents and Kids – An Educational Opportunity!

Parents and Kids – An Educational Opportunity!

Brooker Creek Preserve is proud to announce they are looking for youth members to join their 4-H Forest Ecology Team and Brooker Creek Explorers Club. Youth joining the Forest Ecology Team will work towards competing in an annual 4-H Forest Ecology Contest held in April. This contest quizzes students on their plant and animal identification skills, compass and map skills, and ecological knowledge. Both the Team and the Club are fun ways to learn, get outdoors, and be involved in your community. Activities for the forest ecology team will be led by Lara Miller, Natural Resource Extension Agent for Pinellas County, and the Brooker Creek Explorers club will be led by Brooker Creek Preserve volunteers. If you are interested in joining either opportunity or both please contact Lara Miller at You may also join us at the 4-H Open House hosted at Brooker Creek Preserve on Saturday, October 13th from 1:00-3:00pm. Families will have the opportunity to inquire more about the 4-H clubs and teams being offered as well as participate in a variety of fun, hands-on activities such as:

Activity 1:  Leaf and Bark rubbing

Activity 2:  Identification of the leaf that was rubbed

Activity 3:  Age of several Tree Cookies

Activity 4:  Drawing Your Own Life as a Tree Cookie

Free registration for the Open House is available here. We  look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Natural Resource Webinar Series for Landowners

Managing Your Land:
Natural Resources Opportunities for Landowners
A Master Tree Farmer / Master Wildlifer Series
Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 PM Eastern Time
 October 11 - November 8, 2012an Internet Webinar Broadcast out of Clemson University

ABOUT THE PROGRAMThis webinar course will provide landowners with an awareness of options for managing their lands for a variety of natural resources. This is intended to be a pre-cursor to the Master Wildlifer, Master Tree Farmer, Master Naturalist, and the Natural Resources Enterprises program workshops planned in the future.  Live webinar schedule:
October 11:  Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation
October 18:  Natural Resource Enterprise Considerations for Your Land
October 25:  Wildlife Conservation on Your Land
November 1:  Forest Management on Your Land
November 8:  Natural Resources Appreciative Uses on Your Land

More details on regional web site:
Landowners and land managers interested in learning how to manage land to meet a variety of natural resource management objectives should attend this course.
1- Attend a host site.  For a reasonable fee, participate in the series at a host site with other landowners, your County Extension Agent, County Forester and other natural resource professionals that help can answer your questions.  See the list on the reverse side for participating Extension locations and contacts.  Contact the site host for details about locations, fees and schedule.

2- Access the webinars on your own computer.  Register for all 5 sessions or you can choose which sessions best meet your needs.  The cost for all 5 Sessions is $100.   Individual Sessions cost $25 per session.  Registration here:

Please contact Pinellas County's Natural Resource Agent, Lara Miller at (727) 453-6905 or if you are interested in attending.