October 5, 2018

Preserving Old Florida

  “People don’t come to Florida to see a subdivision, they want to see green space. My goal is to encourage other ranchers to acquire easements to preserve this land for the future. We are losing our state.” –Cary Lightsey Are you a private landowner interested in a conservation easement? Wetland Reserve Easements provide financial and technical assistance to ranchers and farmers to protect and restore wetlands. Agricultural land easements provide funds to partners, such as state and local governments, Indian tribes...

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February 26, 2018

Florida’s Land Conservation Programs

Florida Conservation Group (FCG) advocates on behalf of landowners from around the state for Rural and Family Lands and Florida Forever funding. These programs protect our water and wildlife for future generations. FCG has teamed with the Florida Cattlemen’s Association to ask our legislature to invest in natural and agricultural Florida and fund these programs. 2019 Budget Request Provide $100 million in funds for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program Restore $100 million in funding for Florida Forever conservation easement projects...

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February 2, 2018

Landowner Advocacy for Land Conservation Programs

  Florida Conservation Group advocates on behalf of landowners from around the state for Rural and Family Lands and Florida Forever funding. These programs protect our water and wildlife for future generations. We've teamed with the Florida Cattlemen’s Association to ask our legislature to invest in natural and agricultural Florida and fund these programs. Contact us for more info: info@floridaconserve.org   Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP) Agricultural Conservation Easement Program under Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. RFLPP’s primary...

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February 2, 2018

Florida Forever and Rural and Family Lands Protection Program

RFLPP and Florida Forever Conservation Easements are critical to the health of the landscape; they both protect water quality and supply for urban areas, maintain our agricultural economy,  and protect Florida’s tourist economy.    

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February 2, 2018

Conservation Planning

We engage in sound science-based conservation planning. There are many land conservation programs and we are very experienced in assisting landowners to identify and work with the appropriate programs. Our expertise includes both the latest conservation science and policy and program expertise. We are experts in identifying ecological priorities on a local, state and federal level, and individual properties based on the ecological attributes established as national, state, and regional conservation priorities. We are also experts on federal listed species and other...

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November 14, 2017

Florida’s Conservation Programs

Funding our state land conservation programs -- Florida Forever and Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP) – is crucial to the future of Florida and a sound economic decision. Investing in these programs is the most cost-effective way to protect our water and natural resources.   Background Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP) Agricultural Conservation Easement Program under Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. RFLPP’s primary mission is the protection of agricultural lands. Acres enrolled in Rural and Family...

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October 17, 2017

Conservation Easement on Corona Ranch Approved by Governor and Cabinet

The Florida Conservation Group (FCG) is thankful to the Governor and Cabinet for approving a new 2500-acre conservation easement under the Rural and family Lands Protection Program. The Corona Ranch conservation easement is located in the Everglades Headwaters, just a stones throw from the Kissimmee River. We are grateful to our partners: the Corona Family, Audubon of Florida and the National Wildlife Refuge Association for all of their efforts to protect this ecologically valuable property. The Corona Ranch plays a critical role...

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March 29, 2017

Statement from the Florida Conservation Group on The Rural and Family Lands Protection Program and Florida Forever Funding

Florida's agricultural landowners are dismayed at the lack of support by the legislature for Florida’s land conservation programs. The House has not included funding for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP) or funding for Florida Forever land protection projects in their proposed budget. The Senate has proposed zero funding for RFLPP and only 15 Million for Florida Forever land protection projects. The Florida Conservation Group represents well over a million acres of private lands from north to south Florida. As...

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