We are a landowner-based group; our focus is the conservation of Florida’s ranchlands. 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 conservation of Florida’s 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 28, 2019

Land Conservation Funding in Danger! Your Voice is Needed!

We applaud Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for their strong commitment to fix Florida’s water quality problems. We strongly believe that an approach to address blue-green algae blooms and red tide must also begin at the source, by protecting landscapes that can hold and clean water before it flows into our rivers and coastal estuaries Currently there is 45 Million in the Senate budget for Florida Forever and ZERO for Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP). The House has 20 million for Florida Forever and ZERO for RFLPP. Your voice is needed in support of these essential programs!...

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