The protection of natural and agricultural lands are necessary for a vital economy and healthy communities. Public and private conservation lands and the services they provide are just as important to our economy and well-being as are our roads, residences, and businesses. Natural and agricultural lands are critical to our quality of life. They protect our water supply, clean our water, and provide flood control, storm protection, food, recreation and clean air. Land conservation isn’t a luxury; it is critical to our future.
“People don’t come to Florida to see a subdivision, they want to see green space. My goal is to encourage other ranchers to acquire easements to preserve this land for the future. We are losing our state.” –Cary Lightsey Are you a private landowner interested in a conservation easement? Wetland Reserve Easements provide financial and technical assistance to ranchers and farmers to protect and restore wetlands. Agricultural land easements provide funds to partners, such as state and local governments, Indian tribes and non-profits, to purchase conservation easements on agricultural lands. Go to Preserving Old Florida web site.Continue reading