Keeping The Country

Keeping The Country

Bitter Southerner | January 28, 2020 Story by Michael Adno Photography by Michael Adno & Cavin Brothers In southwest Florida, nothing seemed as central to the Myakka River Valley as mystery and myth. Over the course of centuries, the region has remained largely...

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Trying to Save Florida’s Landscape

By Zac Anderson ~ Sitting in an open air chickee hut with expansive views of the pastures and pine forests on his ranch bordering Myakka River State Park, Jim Strickland points to a tree line in the distance toshow where a golf course once was planned.Before...

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State funding in jeopardy for land conservation programs

By Zac Anderson ~ That’s the status of funding for the Rural and Family Lands Protection and Florida Forever programs as the current state legislative session nears an end on Friday. Julie Morris, a Florida Conservation Group adviser and board member, said neither the...

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Tommy Clay Jr.: Preserving land and saving farms

By Zac Anderson ~ My family has raised cattle in northeast Florida since 1854. We consider ourselves blessed to be stewards of this beautiful land for eight generations. We have recently secured a conservation easement on our property, and that assures the land will...

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State funding in jeopardy for land conservation programs

By Cleveland Tinker ~ A state land conservation program may not receive funding for the first time since it was created by the Florida Legislature and another may only receive a fraction of what it used to get before the recession hit in the late 2000s. That’s the...

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