Our current projects span from the Northern Everglades to the Panhandle.
We currently have 8 proposed land protection projects on the Florida Forever priority list, totaling 144,437 acres & have 16 active projects on the RFLPP list that total 66,402 acres.
We specialize in helping landowners understand the many conservation options, strategies and resources available for land protection. Our success with landowners stems from our genuine care for the people we serve. Our professional team is creative, knowledgeable, and results-driven. We listen carefully and communicate effectively with the aim of advancing our mission and vision while meeting the landowners’ unique conservation goals.
Projects in the Northern Everglades
Also referred to as the Kissimmee River Basin, this region is the heartland of the Florida Peninsula. It is home to large cattle ranches and Florida dry and wet prairies. It is a critical ecosystem because it provides drinking water for eight million Floridians. It is also home to some of Florida’s rarest wildlife species, like the grasshopper sparrow.
Our current work to protect over 20,000 acres of family-run ranches will also protect imperiled habitats for wide-ranging species like the Florida panther. Protection of the land surrounding rivers, lakes and streams in the Kissimmee River basin is essential because it is the headwaters of the Greater Everglades. It is estimated that over 50% of all habitat used by panthers in this region is on private lands, yet most of the surrounding counties do not have a local land trust, making it one of the more underserved regions of the state.
Projects in North CeNtral Florida Forests
This area is home to the world's largest contiguous sand pine scrub ecosystem and more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs, including three first-magnitude springs (the largest springs that discharge water at a rate of at least 2800 liters or 100 cubic feet of water per second). This region also contains the Ocala–St. Johns black bear subpopulation, which is one of the largest in Florida.
Our active projects in North Central Florida total over 116,200 acres and if successfully completed, they will contribute to the formation of a statewide conservation corridor, support healthy populations of native plants and wildlife, provide places to recreate and connect with nature, and help replenish and safeguard Florida’s freshwater supply. The Ocala National Forest is the center of this region and forms a forested area of more than one million acres.
Projects in the Florida Panhandle
The Florida Panhandle contains ecologically intact landscapes that include the largest remaining longleaf pine ecosystem in the world. It’s also home to large swaths of existing conservation areas including the Apalachicola National Forest, Blackwater River State Forest and Eglin Air Force Base.
Our active projects here total nearly 20,000 acres and, once completed, will protect large tracts of native longleaf pine forests, artesian springs, and coastal habitats. We are also working to expand a conservation corridor from Bald Point State Park to Tate’s Hell State Forest.