Funding has been obtained to purchase Wakulla Caves thanks to Governor DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet in its role as the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund allocating $1.6 million from its Florida Forever program.
We are actively working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the U.S. Forest Legacy Program, and the landowners to acquire 717 acres in the Florida Forever Wakulla Springs Protection Zone and home to nine karst sinks.
Their experience with Leadership Florida & IFAS’s Natural Resources Leadership Institute, and their new status as alumni, are part of our long term strategy to build community and collaboration across boundaries, as CFL pursues its vision of Florida's land conservation future.
2,172 acres are now permanently protected thanks to funding from the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program with help from Conservation Florida. The Sampala Lake land conservation project encompasses Sampala Lake (a 115-acre, spring-fed lake that forms the headwaters of the Econfina River) and provides aquifer recharge benefits, supports agriculture, and extends wildlife corridors. Photo credit: Randy Batista
A protected property no bigger than a quarter of an acre could help turn the tides for a critically endangered Florida plant thanks to a joint effort by Conservation Florida, the Florida Native Plant Society, and the Putnam Land Conservancy.
People from all backgrounds explored the land, engaging in science and learning about some of Florida’s most special places. Participants enjoyed guided hikes, kayak tours, swamp buggy rides, snorkel tours, botany lessons, and archeological walks led by experts.
As Conservation Florida grows to meet the opportunities and challenges ahead, we remain an accredited land trust committed to long-term stability, sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.
Participation in these programs puts Conservation Florida’s leadership team at the forefront of Florida’s emerging trends and natural resource solutions. This means CFL will be better prepared to serve you in protecting Florida’s natural and agricultural landscapes for future generations.