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The MacArthur Agro-Ecology Program at Buck Island
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Title: The MacArthur Agro-Ecology Program at Buck Island
Physical Description: Fact Sheet
Creator: Peterson, Nancy
Publisher: University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, EDIS
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2003
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Acquisition: Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Melanie Mercer.
Publication Status: Published
General Note: "First published: September 2000. Minor revision: March 2003."
General Note: "CNR 2"
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Holding Location: University of Florida
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CNR-2 The MacArthur Agro-Ecology Program at Buck Island1 Center for Natural Resources2 1. This publication was produced by the Center for Natural Resources at the University of Florida. CNR 2 is part of a Program Summary Series. First published: September 2000. Minor revision: March 2003. 1051 McCarty Hall D. Post Office Box 110230. Tel: (352) 392-7622 Fax: (352) 846-2856 Email: cnr_mail@mail.ifas.ufl.edu Web: http://cnr.ifas.ufl.edu/ 2. Nancy Peterson, Program Coordinator This publication was produced by The Center for Natural Resources (CNR). Established in 1973, CNR at the University of Florida plays a major role in the conservation, preservation and restoration of our nation's natural resources by facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations between UF faculty and external stakeholders. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Service office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/University of Florida/Christine Taylor Waddill, Dean. The MacArthur Agro-Ecology (MAERC) project investigates the relationships between cattle ranching, citrus production and Florida native ecosystems. Researching the complex issues surrounding natural resource management in an agricultural environment, program participants hope to develop protective strategies of Florida natural resources while still maintaining economically viable and compatible agricultural industries within the state. Particularly important is understanding how cattle (Figure 1) and citrus production affect water quality and soil nutrients, and how these factors influence invertebrate and wildlife populations. Figure 1. Cattle at MAERC. Project Goals Understanding the ranch ecosystem and landscape of Central Florida including water quality, nutrient flow, wetland dynamics, and population biology of native and exotic species. Measuring the effects of selected low-input agricultural practices on long-term health and sustainability of the ranch ecosystem and the economic implications of implementing these practices. Cooperating between all community stakeholders to promote natural resource conservation within the context of a viable agricultural economy. Partners Archbold Biological Station (ABS) Patrick Bohlen, Project Director pbohlen@archbold-station.org 863-669-0242 ext. 22

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The MacArthur Agro-Ecology Program at Buck Island 2 Archbold Biological Station (ABS) Hilary Swain, Station Director hswain@archbold-station.org 863-465-2571 ext. 251 Florida Cattlemen's Association Kissimmee, FL 407-846-6221 Florida Department of Environmental Protection Taufiqul Aziz aziz_t@dep.state.fl.us 850-921-9927 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Palm Beach Gardens, FL. http://macfdn.org South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Susan Gray sgray@sfwmd.gov 561-682-6191 University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Science (UF/IFAS) SW Research & Education Center Ed Hanlon hanlon@ifas.ufl.edu 239-658-3400 UF/IFAS Center for Natural Resources cnr_mail@mail.ifas.ufl.edu 352-392-7622 US Natural Resources Conservation Service Gene Fults http://www.nrcs.usda.gov 407-847-4465 Web sites UF/IFAS MAERC at Buck Island Ranch http://www.agen.ufl.edu/~maerc/index.html Archbold Biological Station http://www.archbold-station.org/abs/index.htm MAREC Cattle Stocking Rates Project http://www.agen.ufl.edu/~maerc/stocking/ index.html Water / Soil Automated sampling stations (Figure 2) measure the impact of various land uses on surface water quality and runoff volume. Phosphorous levels in soil samples imply how phosphorous moves through soil. Figure 2. Automatic water sampler in use. Ken Campbell UF/IFAS Agriculture & Bioengineering Department klc@agen.ufl.edu 352-392-1864 ext.105 Donald Graetz Soil & Water Science Department dag@mail.ifas.ufl.edu 392-1803 ext. 318 Nematodes Several thousand nematodes can be present in a pint of soil. Research focuses on types of nematodes (herbivores, bacterivores), their prevalence, and their dependence on organic matter from varying cattle populations. Robert McSorley Entomology & Nematology Department rmcs@ifas.ufl.edu 392-1901 ext 137

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The MacArthur Agro-Ecology Program at Buck Island 3 Economics A successful link between modeling and SPA-like (Standardized Performance Analysis) databases requires collaborative fact-finding and sharing among ranchers. The resulting database could more clearly chart management strategies and their outcomes. Fritz Roka SW FL REC Immokalee fmro@icon.imok.ufl.edu 239-659-3400 Kenneth Portier Statistics Department portier@stat.ufl.edu 352-392-3067 Jim Handley FL Cattlemen's Association fcmfca@aol.com 407-846-6221 Ranch Operations Stocking rates Stocking rates (number of cattle per acre) affect water quality, plants and wildlife habitat, pasture conditions, cattle standards, and cow-calf performance. Gene Lollis Archbold Station llollis@archbol-station.org 941-699-0242 x. 26 Jim Selph Desoto County Extension Director jselph@mail.ifas.ufl.edu (863) 993 4846 Forage Type and quality of forage affects the quality and quantity of beef and cow-calf production. The influences of burning, mowing, and cattle-grazing practices are also studied via soil samples. Jeff Mullahey West Florida REC Jay jjm@ifas.ufl.edu 684-3780 SUNCOM Jay 850-994-5215 Wildlife Frogs and wetland invertebrates are essential to the ranch wildlife food web. Land management for cattle grazing (such as ditch-construction and draining) are planned to accommodate the various split-development needs of different species of frogs and invertebrates. Buck Island Ranch attracts many migratory and nesting birds (Figure 3) -as many as 46 bird species in the summer and 54 in the winter. Figure 3. The crested caracara is a threatened raptor/scavenger found in Florida almost exclusively on cattle ranches. Researchers have radio-tagged and monitored the development of nine caracara families on MAERC. George Tanner Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Department tannerg@wec.ufl.edu 352-846-0552

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The MacArthur Agro-Ecology Program at Buck Island 4 Eric Flaig SW FL REC Immokalee egf@icon.imok.ufl.edu 863-658-3400 Martin Main SW FL REC Immokalee mbma@mail.ifas.ufl.edu 863-658-3400