Conservation Assistance

Information & Resources

The Florida Conservation Group advises and works with landowners throughout the land acquisition process from the beginning to end. We are experts in real estate, the political process, ecology, and agriculture.

Many local, state and federal acquisition programs are available, each with a different focus, criteria and ranking process, and timeline. We work closely with the owner to determine what program is best for them and their future plans.

Many times conservation easements aren’t the best fit for people, and we also bring knowledge and technical expertise on other cost-share and government assistance programs available. We work with other programs that can assist landowners in generating income while also keeping the land productive and sustainable.

State and Federal Conservation Easement Programs

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP)
Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP)


Department of Environmental Protection-Division of State Lands: Florida Forever
Florida Forever

Florida Forest Service: The Forest Legacy Program
The Forest Legacy Program

NRCS: The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)

NRCS ACEP: Wetland Reserve Easement
Wetland Reserve Easement

NRCS-Agricultural Conservation Land Easement Program: Agricultural Land Easements (ALE)
Agricultural Land Easements (ALE)

Conservation Incentive Programs and Cost Share Opportunities

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Private Landowner Assistance Program
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
FDACS Office of Best Management Practices
NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Florida Forest Service Cost Share Programs
South Florida Water Management District Dispersed Water Storage Program
Southwest Florida Water Management District FARMS Programs
FWC’s Gopher Tortoise Recipient Site

Ranch Cattle

Other Groups providing resources for Florida Landowners

Florida Cattlemen’s Association
Florida Forestry Association
Florida Farm Bureau
Florida Land Trusts
Florida Land Steward
Range Cattle Research and Education Center


Groups offering conservation easement and other assistance to private landowners.

There are many groups and individuals offering assistance on conservation programs to landowners.
Please contact us for list of names and contact information. Below are a few groups that focus on easements and land protection in Florida (not an inclusive list)

Alachua Conservation Trust
Conservation Fund
Conservation Florida
Conservation Foundation for the Gulf Coast
National Wildlife Refuge Association
Saunders Real Estate
Dykes Everett and Company
The Nature Conservancy
North Florida Land Trust