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.

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Ranch Near Myakka River State Park Will Be Preserved Under Conservation Easement

May 4, 2018

The National Resources Conservation Service, an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is purchasing the "wetland reserve easement" on a portion of Blackbeard's Ranch in Manatee County for $3.9 million. The deal largely is being financed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which contributed $4 million toward the easement and wetland restoration efforts. "This type of commitment has never been more vital to ensure productive habitat for future generations," said Jeff Trandahl, the foundation's executive director and CEO.    


February 26, 2018

Florida’s Land Conservation Programs

Florida Conservation Group (FCG) advocates on behalf of landowners from around the state for Rural and Family Lands and Florida Forever funding. These programs protect our water and wildlife for future generations. FCG has teamed with the Florida Cattlemen’s Association to ask our legislature to invest in natural and agricultural Florida and fund these programs. 2019 Budget Request Provide $100 million in funds for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program Restore $100 million in funding for Florida Forever conservation easement projects Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP) Agricultural Conservation Easement Program under Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer...

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