Florida’s Great Prairie Region

Florida’s Great Prairie Region

South-central and southwest Florida are home to a Florida’s “great prairie region” where vast grasslands were native along with species adapted to them. This includes the Florida dry prairie ecosystem-- native upland grasses, palmettos, and scattered shrubs and pines,...

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Ranchlands: Nature’s Paths Across Florida

Ranchlands: Nature’s Paths Across Florida

The Florida Ecological Greenways Network (FEGN) identifies the most important wildlife corridors and large, intact landscapes in the state. FEGN Priorities 1-3 (shown on map) are the top priority wildlife corridors; these are the lands that need to be protected to...

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Ranchlands in southern Florida: A Low-Intensity Land Use.

Ranchlands in southern Florida: A Low-Intensity Land Use.

Cow-calf operations in southern Florida are what we call a ‘low-intensity land use’. Florida’s ranchlands protect a vast amount of native habitat that is critical to the viability of many of our listed wildlife species. Ranchlands hold and filter water; the more we...

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United Voices for Land Conservation Funding

United Voices for Land Conservation Funding

Members of the conservation, ranching, forestry and sportsmen’s communities have come together in our collective support for funding two critical land protection programs. The Florida Forever Program and The Rural and Family Lands Protection Program are both needed...

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Why are Florida’s ranchlands such a valuable land use?

Why are Florida’s ranchlands such a valuable land use?

Most of Florida ranchlands occurs in a historic region of south-central and southwest Florida where native dry prairie and other grassland savanna type ecosystems (including pine flatwoods) were the predominant landcover types; these landcover types are habitat to a...

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DURANDO OKEECHOBEE WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

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...

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NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)

NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)

• ACEP provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits • NRCS helps landowners protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land and for working farms, the program...

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NRCS Agricultural Land Easement Program (ALE)

NRCS Agricultural Land Easement Program (ALE)

Several NRCS programs are available to landowners interested in land conservation, including the Agricultural Land Easement Program (ALE). The ALE is a partnership program and is geared for working landscapes. NRCS provides financial assistance to eligible partners...

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