June 16, 2018

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

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...

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May 4, 2018

Ranch Near Myakka River State Park Will Be Preserved Under Conservation Easement

By Zac Anderson  Nearly 1,500 acres of cattle ranch close to Myakka River State Park will be protected from development and restored to native habitat after the federal government recently signed off on a conservation easement...

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December 20, 2017

Cattle ranches keep development from wiping out Florida’s beautiful ‘wild places’

I am a sixth-generation Floridian and third-generation Florida cattle rancher. My grandfather founded our ranch, Williamson Cattle Company, in the 1940s. Our family-run ranch is located in Okeechobee County, the heart of Florida’s cattle county. Many...

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December 15, 2017

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...

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December 15, 2017

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...

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December 12, 2017

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...

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December 12, 2017

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...

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December 12, 2017

Perspective: Cattle ranches are key to preserving Florida for all of us

Story By Jim Strickland, Photos by Carlton Ward Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay Times ~ Beyond our beaches and theme parks lies a Florida still unknown to many — Florida's ranchlands. Off the beaten track,...

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December 12, 2017

Another Perspective: Florida ranchlands protect the Everglades headwaters

By Zac Anderson ~ My family has been in the cattle business in Florida for multiple generations. As ranchers, we have an obligation to care for the land that is entrusted to us. Our ranch south...

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