From the Florida Panhandle to the Everglades Headwaters north of Lake Okeechobee, our projects are shaping Florida’s Conservation Future. In fact, the large, statewide projects we target have global significance and will help protect some of the rarest habitats and species in the world.
Our work creates, expands and links conservation lands. We focus on projects that provide habitat for the survival of Florida’s iconic species, recharge drinking water or benefit other hydrologic functions, offer outdoor recreation, and other community benefits. We also help landowners with working ranches, farms and timberlands to keep their land in production for generations to come. We work statewide to serve communities that are not served or are underserved by local land conservation organizations.
What We Can Do
Land conservation projects are rarely straightforward. There are often many twists and turns along the way that call for flexibility and ingenuity. We specialize in helping landowners navigate the land protection process and finding the best solutions to meet their needs. We take pride in our excellent reputation for finding creative and commonsense approaches to land conservation.
As a nationally accredited land trust, numerous standards and practices govern our process of protecting land. It is a complex process that involves many steps, and it can take years to complete one land protection project.
Every project is unique, and our role often varies and may include all or some of the following: developing conservation strategies, exploring funding sources and, in some instances, purchasing or accepting donations of land and conservation easements. In short, we protect land by cooperating with landowners and other agencies to find the best, most cooperative protection strategy for each project.
One of our primary services is assisting landowners who voluntarily express interest in protecting their land. We connect with them, help them determine the conservation value of their property, learn about their protection goals, and try to find a way to protect it in perpetuity. We may work on a project from start to finish or participate in a faciliatory role.
Potential projects are reviewed by our governing board, which considers multiple factors including project size, location, existing ecological integrity, ecosystem services, potential recreational value, and availability of funding sources.