CTF Projects Make Top Tier

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A Great Day for Projects!

On September 3rd, the Florida Forest Service’s Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP) Selection Committee met all day in Bartow to rank 70 applications for funding next year.

The Rural and Family Lands program protects agricultural lands from conversion to non-agricultural land uses, and secondarily protects conservation values important to the landowner and the Florida Forest Service.

The Conservation Trust for Florida was affiliated with 11 of the 70 applications. Of these 11 projects, which total over 54,800 acres, seven properties were ranked in the top tier and will be eligible for funding next year.

We worked with the landowners of these seven top-tier properties, which total over 45,000 acres. These projects are dispersed throughout Peninsular Florida and include forests surrounding north Florida springs and ranches in the Everglades Headwaters region.

We are one step closer to achieving our goal of protected rural lands and intact wildlife corridors!

Our ranked projects are:

  • Adams Ranch, Osceola County (24,000 acres)
  • Rainey Pasture, Marion County (5,100 acres)
  • Heart Bar IV Ranch, Osceola County (5,000 acres)
  • Double C Bar Ranch, Osceola County (4,100 acres)
  • Sampala Lake Ranch, Madison County (2,200 acres)
  • Canaan Ranch, Gilchrist County (3,200 acres)
  • Todd Clemons Unit One, Okeechobee County (1,900 acres)
 These seven projects were selected by the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program for their top tier, which makes them eligible for funding next year.

These seven projects were selected by the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program for their top tier, which makes them eligible for funding next year.

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