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station policies

    All users of the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station (OSBS) must abide by all University of Florida (UF) and OSBS policies while visiting the facility. The policies, procedures, and fees of OSBS are subject to change without prior notice. All visitors are responsible for observing any and all updates to UF and OSBS policies. Current OSBS policies can be found at http://ordway-swisher.ufl.edu/policies.htm. Violation of UF or OSBS policies may result in termination of projects and activities on the Station and may result in restrictions or prohibition of future use of the facility.


    1. University of Florida DSR. All research proposals involving work at the Station that are submitted through the University of Florida DSR should be signed off and approved by the Station Director on the DSR-1 form.
    2. Use Permit.  An appropriate application (Research, Education, or Special-Use) must be completed and approved prior to activity on the Station.  Applications forms may be obtained from http://ordway-swisher.ufl.edu/docs.htm.  All relevant permits (institutional, state, federal) provided before a project can be reviewed for use of the Station and its resources.
    3. Student Projects.  UF student research projects require a UF faculty member sponsor, who will be responsible for completing the project application.
    4. Project Keys.  Individuals must complete a key agreement form before keys are provided. All keys provided must be turned in at the completion of research and should not be given or loaned to other individuals.


    1. Access to Station. Access to the Station is permitted with an approved use permit or prior arrangement with managers.
    2. Entrance Gates.  The Station has two entrance gates for visitors to use for entering and exiting the Station. The gates are automated and require an assigned access code to open.
    3. Visitor Registration.  Visitors are required to sign-in & out at the check kiosks located at the entrance gates each day the Station is visited. The following information is required: Date, Full Name, # in party, Time in, Time out, Purpose of visit, Location(s) visiting (use Management Unit or Area ID). Visitors are required to leave by the same entrance they entered.
    4. Station Speed Limit.  The speed limit throughout the Station is 15 MPH.
    5. Trash.  General trash generated by visitors may be deposited in designated containers at Bldg 2201 located at the Conservation Center. Classes using the station for more than 1 day must pack their trash out off-site.
    6. Recycling. General recycling materials such as aluminum cans, plastic bottles, paper, and cardboard may be deposited in the designated containers located at the Bldg 2201 at the Conservation Center.
    7. Off-road Vehicle Use.  No vehicle may leave designated roads without explicit permission by Station managers. To reduce impact to ground cover vegetation and soil erosion, vehicles should turn around at road or firebreak intersections instead of turning around into management units.
    8. Fire Breaks. Fire breaks are not accessible to vehicles. Foot traffic is permitted.
    9. Collecting and Capturing of Species: Capturing and collecting of species on the Station is prohibited without an approved OSBS permit.
    10. Hunting and Fishing.  Hunting and fishing are prohibited on the Station. Violation of this policy may result in arrest by law enforcement representatives.
    11. Use of Firearms.  Firearms are prohibited on the Station accept by Station managers who use them for culling wild hogs.
    12. Domestic Animals.  Domestic animals (dogs, etc.) are not permitted on the Station, unless they are part of an approved research project or are necessary to help a disabled user. Please notify the managers if you have a special need.
    13. Prescribed Fires. When a controlled burn is being conducted at the Station, access to the burn area and bordering roads are closed to access. Once a burn has been conducted, the burn area is closed to access for 7 days post fire to let the area settle for safety reasons. The surrounding roads may be utilized.
    14. Cultural Artifacts.  Removal of any Native American or homesteader artifacts (e.g., arrowheads, pottery, etc.) is prohibited.
    15. Use of Bldg 2202 facilities. Visitors wanted to use the classroom/kitchen/camping facilities at Bldg 2202 (Butler Bldg) must sign the Use Instructions Form.
    1. Biosecurity Measures. Biosecurity is defined as practical steps that can be taken to minimize the spread of unwanted organisms. The Station will follow the following guidelines for biosecurity:
      1. Introduction of species: The introduction or use of species not found on OSBS is prohibited without an approved OSBS permit.
      2. Aquatic flora/fauna. Aquatic flora/fauna must be removed from nets before they are moved between waters.
      3. Use of Aquatic Sampling Equipment. All aquatic sampling equipment (nets, dredges, etc) shall be cleaned with a 5% bleach solution between use in other lakes/ponds/streams.
      4. Use of Boats.  To reduce introduction of exotic species into the lakes and ponds, outside canoes and boats are prohibited from being used unless an individual receives written permission from Station managers. The Station has boats and canoes that are available for use. A minimum of 2 flotation devices must be present in a boat when being used.
    1. Use Locations.  Only use locations approved under the appropriate OSBS permit may be used for the designated activities.
    2. Changes in Activities.  Requests for any change from permitted activities (e.g., study location, personnel, species of focus, sample collection, project time-line, impact to habitats-species- environment, OSBS resources needed, etc.) must be submitted in writing for review prior to enacting the change. Updates to institutional (IACUC, ARC, etc), state, federal permits shall be provided to OSBS managers at the time of their approval.
    3. Use of Marking Material.  Projects needing the use of flagging or marking material must be approved with managers to ensure that multiple projects on the Station are not using the same color/pattern. All flagging and other equipment is to be removed once the activity has been completed unless otherwise agreed upon by Station managers.
    4. Removal of Equipment. Once a project or class activity has been completed, all equipment shall be removed from OSBS unless otherwise agreed upon by Station managers.


    1. Station Vehicles.  Designated Station vehicles may be available for use on an available basis and are subject to the Station's fee schedule. They may not to be driven unless permission has been obtained from managers. When using state vehicles, users must complete mileage log stored in each vehicle.
    2. Station Boats.  Canoes, Jon boats, and v-haul boats are available for use on an available basis and may be subject to the Station's fee schedule.
    3. Other Station Equipment.  Permission must be obtained from managers before borrowing any equipment. Equipment loaned for use are for studies using OSBS wholly or partly and may be subject to the Station's fee schedule.


    1. Annual Report.  Researchers are required to provide a text file summarizing their project's status and research results by January 31 each year a project is active. These results will be published in the Station's Annual Report. Minimum required meta-data include the title of each data set, the investigator's name, mailing address, e-mail address, and a one-page abstract of activities and results accomplished during the previous year.
    2. Acknowledgment in Publications.  Publications resulting from the use of the Station must acknowledge the University of Florida and the Ordway-Swisher Biological Station.
    3. Copies of Publications.  Electronic copies of all publications including theses and dissertations generated from work will be provided to Station managers.
    4. Data Management.  Researchers may be required to provide a hard and soft copy of data sets derived from work on the Station, which will be archived at the Station.

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