Our focus is the conservation of Florida’s ranchlands and other working lands. We advocate, educate, and act as a resource on land protection and other conservation programs for protecting our wildlife and water. We are comprised of Scientists, ranchers and conservation and policy experts. Our goal is to advance science-based land protection in the state of Florida. The protection of Florida’s ranchlands and other working lands is critical to protecting Florida’s water, wildlife and way of life.

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Ranchers vs Environmentalists” is a longstanding trope. But in the Sunshine State, ranching just may be the last, best hope for ecological salvation


…Durando, the rancher who helped start the Florida Conservation Group with Strickland, says that managing his land for wildlife also benefits his cows. For example, when he burns to clear brush, high protein grass grows up that benefits his cattle as well as quail, turkeys, and deer that eat it—and opens up the landscape for such species as the endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus). Durando maintains one of the last best patches of the sparrow’s preferred dry prairie. “The sparrow likes things pretty clean,” he says, in order to spot potential predators. “I just felt that if we could help this little guy survive, I want to be a part of that.” His goal for the rest of his life, he says, “is to try to keep central Florida from being developed. But I can’t fault a family that needs to sell…” Continue Reading...

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Ranchlands: Nature’s Paths Across Florida

The Florida Ecological Greenways Network (FEGN) identifies the most important wildlife corridors and large, intact landscapes in the state. FEGN Priorities 1-3 (shown on map) are the top priority wildlife corridors; these are the lands that need to be protected to maintain native wildlife, watersheds, and habitats. Some of the FEGN is already protected (in conservation land). But much remains to be done. In the southern part of the state, the majority of the FEGN is in ranchlands. If we want to preserve a connected natural landscape from south to north Florida - it is critical we protect these working...

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