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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."

September 11, 2019

DURANDO OKEECHOBEE WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

The Florida Conservation Group is proud to be working with Business for Water Stewardship www.businessforwater.org and the Durando Family Ranches to implement a dispersed water storage project in the Lake Okeechobee Watershed. This project will store and clean water prior to entering the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, the Kissimmee River, and ultimately Lake Okeechobee. Thank you to our partners: Lefty Durando, Audubon Florida and National Wildlife Refuge Association for the assistance! And thank you to the Business for Water Stewardship for making this happen! The Kissimmee River Basin is a National Significant Landscape with high biological diversity. The site...

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