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

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 in Rural and Family Lands Protection Program Top Tier: 222,136 acres

Florida Forever

Florida’s conservation lands program under the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FF Program does BOTH fee-simple and conservation easements). The primary goals of Florida Forever conservation easements are to: protect high priority natural resource areas and ensure our water resources are protected.

  • Current acres on Less-Than-Fee Florida Forever Project list: 703,079 acres

RFLPP and Florida Forever are critical to the health of the landscape; Both programs:

  • Protect water quality and supply for urban areas,
  • Maintain our agricultural economy, and
  • Protect Florida’s tourism and military base buffers.

Both programs partner with other local, state and federal programs to leverage resources and maximize protection benefits.

Funding these conservation easement programs is an investment in Florida’s future and is critical to our quality of life. 

For more information: info@floridaconserve.org

Please call the following legislators and make your voices heard! 

Senator Rob Bradley (Chair, Senate Appropriations)

D (904) 278-2085   T  (850) 487-5005

Marion, Levy, Dixie, Suwannee, Layfette, Union, Bradford, Clay, Baker, Columbia, Gilchrist


Senator Denise Grimsley (Chair of Senate Agriculture- running for Comm of Ag)

D (863-465-2626)  T (850) 487-5026

Hardee, Desoto, Charlotte, Highlands. Okeechobee, Glade https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s26

Senator Bill Galvano (Appropriations and Senate President Designate 2018-2020)

T- (850) 487-5021 D (941) 741-3401

Manatee and SE Hillsborough


Senator Wilton Simpson (Senate Majority Leader)

T (850) 487-5010 D (352-540-6074)

Citrus, Hernando, Central Pasco


Senator Negron (Senate President)

T (850) 487-5025 D (772) 219-1665

St Lucie, Martin, NE Palm Beach


Senator Lauren Book (Chair, Senate Environmental Appropriations)

T (850) 487-5032 D (954) 424-6674

West Broward


Senator Dorothy Hukill (Vice Chair, Senate Environmental Appropriations)

T (850) 487-5014 D (386) 304-7630

Volusia, Brevard




Rep Richard Corcoran (Speaker of House)

T (850) 717-5037 D (813) 792-5177

Part Pasco http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4503

Rep Matt Caldwell (running for Comm. of AG, Ways and Means, Rules and Policy and Chair of Gov’t Accountability)

T (850) 717-5079 D (239) 694-0161

Part Lee http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4513

Rep Jose Oliva (House Speaker Designate 2018-2020)

T (850) 717-5110 D (305) 364-3114 Part Miami-Dade http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4534&LegislativeTermId=86

Rep. Carlos Trujillo (Chair of House Appropriations)

T (850) 717-5105 D (305) 470-5070

Collier, Miami Dade Part Broward


Rep. Charlie Stone (Vice Chair, House Subcommittee on Ag & Nat Res Appropriations)

T (850) 717-5022 D (352) 291-4436

Levy, Marion


Rep. Kristin Jacobs (Dem. Ranking Member, House Subcommittee on Ag & Nat Res)

T (850) 717-5096 D (954) 956-5600