Florida’s 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 Florida Cattlemen’s Association to ask our legislature to invest in Natural Florida and fund these programs. Contact us for more info:

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 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

What we are asking: 2019 Budget 

  • Provide $100 million in funds for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program
  • Restore $100 million in funding for Florida Forever conservation easement projects

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

Please call the following legislators and make your voices heard!  

Senator Rob Bradley (Chair of Senate Environment and Nat. Resources Appropriations/ Temporary Chair of 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


Senator Bill Galvano (Appropriations and Future Senate President 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 (Vice Chair, Senate Environment. Approps)

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

West Broward



Rep Richard Corcoran (Speaker of House)

T (850) 717-5037 D  (813) 792-5177

Part Pasco


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


Rep Jose Oliva (Future Speaker of House 2018-2020)

T (850) 717-5110 D (305) 364-3114 Part Miami-Dade


Rep. Carlos Trujillo (Chair of House Appropriations)

T (850) 717-5105 D (305) 470-5070

Collier, Miami Dade Part Broward