The Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology

In 2006, the Florida legislature created the UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (CLCE) to spread Florida-Friendly information. The CLCE promotes the protection and preservation of Florida's natural resources and quality of life through responsible landscape management.

The Center's mission is to protect and conserve Florida's natural resources through research-based sustainable urban landscape practices.

The Center's vision is to be the leading source of science-based information on horticulture and the urban environment in Florida.

Gardening Solutions is only one of the many ways the CLCE is sharing Florida-Friendly gardening and landscaping information with homeowners and citizens across the state. Other programs include Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ and the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer program.

Dr. Michael Dukes is the director. The CLCE is unique in that it brings together an interdisciplinary team of faculty to conduct cross-cutting research and deliver issues-based extension outreach. There are ten faculty in such fields as entomology and nematology, landscape design, horticultural economics, water resources management, and community-based social marketing. There are also thirteen affiliate faculty members in equally diverse fields.

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