What’s new with efforts to conserve the USF Forest Preserve?

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USF Forest Preserve, from USF request for information.

In the Spring of 2021 we learned that the University of South Florida had put out a request for information (RFI) to developers for their ideas for the land that includes the USF Forest Preserve and the university’s golf course.

But students, faculty and the community pushed back.

Eventually, a year ago, the new president of USF, Rhea Law, said “we have ended the RFI process” and an advisory committee recommended management for the preserve.

Now on WMNF’s Tuesday Cafe, we get an update to find out what’s happening a year later.

We spoke with Christian Brown with the group Save USF Forest Preserve. He’s a Ph.D. Candidate and a teaching assistant in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida.

Brown told WMNF the new USF administration has ushered in a “friendly era” for the USF Forest Preserve. But he still thinks that work needs to be done to protect the land for the future.

Advocates have formed a nonprofit called Friends of University Natural Areas.

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