We are a rancher-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."

July 12, 2019

Conservation Partners Project Underway in Southwest/South-central Florida

A National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Conservation Partners Grant The Conservation Partners Project (CPP), funded through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, is underway in Florida. This innovative partnership between the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Florida Conservation Group seeks to protect habitat on private lands and restore wetlands in Southwest and South-central Florida. The project provides outreach, education and technical assistance to landowners who are smaller, disadvantaged and historically underserved. The work will focus on outreach and identification of priority properties, technical assistance with the easement process, and placing ecologically sensitive lands under a conservation easement...

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