We are a landowner-based 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 for the protection of Florid’a Ranchlands.


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."

March 13, 2019

NRCS Conservation Easement Programs: Accepting Applications until April 25th!!

The application cycle for NRCS Conservation Easement Programs is still open. NRCS accepts ACEP applications on a continuous basis, but funding selections are typically made once a year. Please submit your applications by April 25thto be considered for this year’s funding!   For general questions on NRCS conservation easements please contact: Roney Gutierrez Roney.Gutierrez@fl.usda.gov 352-338-9502 If you are interested in pursuing a Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) please contact: Crenel Francis Crenel.francis@fl.usda.gov  352-338-9508 If you are interested in the Agricultural Land Easement Program (ALE), or if you are a funding partner interesting in securing matching funding, please contact: Roney.Gutierrez@fl.usda.gov 352-338-9502 See: www.nrcs.usda.gov for information and...

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