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Margaret Lowman, leading tree-top biologist, talks about her work and effect of climate change on Florida trees.

04/24/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Tags: trees, Margaret Lowman, Canopy meg, tree-top ecology, canopy walkways, Myakka River State Park, ecology, Sylvia Earle, Tampa Theatre, Susan Giles, WUSF, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Today we have an interview with Margaret ‘Canopy Meg’ Lowman, a globe-trotting conservationist and pioneer in 'tree-top ecology' which utilizes hot air balloons and forest canopy walkways to study the environment of trees. She started the TREE foundation, which helped build the canopy walkways in Myakka River State Park near Sarasota. Lowman is Chief of Science & Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences. Fullbright Scholar and recipient of numerous academic and scientific awards....

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Tampa City Council close to approving Urban Forest Management Plan to protect trees listen

11/14/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa, Tampa City Council, urban forest, Urban Forest Management Plan, Harry Cohen, trees, environment


Tampa City Council could soon accept an Urban Forest Management Plan.

"From our point of view, what's so exciting about this is that as we work through the different land use applications that come through the idea that staff will have been able to work with people to determine exactly what the right trees are to go in the right place. Councilman Suarez talked a lot about wind but you know there were things in here about salt tolerance, drought tolerance and it's really just terrific tha...

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Tampa park gets new trees for Florida Arbor Day listen

01/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The City of Tampa is planting trees today in honor of Florida Arbor Day. Students and city employees planted three American Liberty Elm trees at MacFarlane Park on North MacDill Avenue Friday morning.

“Well, I think the most important thing is to recognize that the city of Tampa has been Tree City recipient for over thirty years – I think 35 years or close to it – which means we have a very aggressive and positive tree-planting program and tree care program in the city.”



Tampa City Council members left out of the loop before Ybor City trees were removed listen

10/04/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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More than 100 trees in Ybor City were chopped down to waist high stumps last month with what seemed like little warning. Now Tampa City Council is asking why it was such a surprise and what is going to be done to replace the hacked landscaping. Officials from the Parks and Recreation Department said residents and businesses in the area were told some trees would be cut down and replaced, but that wasn’t enough for Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick.

“Somewhere, there was a lack...

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