We are a landowner-led group; our focus is the conservation of our natural and agricultural lands. We advocate, educate and act as a resource on conservation programs. We are advised by conservation and science experts to support sound science-based land protection. We believe the protection of Florida’s ranchlands is critical to the future of Florida.

The Florida Conservation Group advocates on behalf of the Florida ranching community to secure funding for land conservation


Jim Strickland is a sixth-generation cattle rancher who, alongside fellow ranchers in the Sunshine State, is working to preserve Southwest Florida’s natural habitat

June 16, 2018
By Katelyn Newman for USN&WR   Go To Full Story
As the sun begins to rise and the mist breaks on a clear Florida morning, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer and pesky feral pigs rummage for breakfast near Sabal palms and hay bales. Less than a football field away, a cadre of black, brown and white cattle start to graze.
Pointing out the multiple species, rancher Jim Strickland slowly inches his white pickup truck through the nearly untouched underbrush on his 4,530-acre property, taking care not to disturb the morning meals.
"About all I ever wanted to do is this," the sixth-generation beef cattle rancher says as he drives around his Blackbeard's Ranch property in Manatee County. "There's pictures of me with a cowboy hat, riding a stick horse, when I was little – so this is pretty much all I wanted to do."

November 21, 2018

Ranchlands Conservation BBQ Lunch at Blackbeard’s Ranch

Come and learn about the state and federal conservation easements available and have your questions answered. Conservation experts and landowners who have conservation easements will be on hand to talk about the programs and their personal experiences. Thursday, December 6 11am-1pm Blackbeard's Ranch 15800 Coker Gully Road Myakka City, FL 34251 Google Map See map and flyer Please RSVP by December 4 to info@floridaconserve.org or 941.234.7201

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