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Audubon Allies Lobby Florida Legislature for Land Conservation

Get Involved

Audubon Allies Lobby Florida Legislature for Land Conservation

Forestry Association Advocates for Important Land Conservation Program

Florida Forestry Association members met in Tallahassee on Thursday, March 9, 2017 to advocate for the Rural and Family Lands Program. Check out their 2017 legislative priorities. The Florida Forestry Association is a statewide organization that brings together those who grow and use Florida’s forests. They promote the responsible and sustainable use of Florida’s forest resources.

Private Land-Owners Press Legislators to Fund Florida Forever and Rural and Family Lands Program

The Florida Conservation Group, a coalition of landowners representing more than 1 million acres, are calling on Florida legislators to fully fund Florida Forever and Rural and Family Lands Program. Check out their fact sheet on important state conservation programs.

Local Audubon Chapters Begin Securing County Resolutions to Support Land Conservation

Before 2010, Florida Forever provided $300 million a year to purchase land and perpetual conservation easements to protect Florida's most important bird habitats. Since then, funding has been slashed by the Florida Legislature. Florida's most important bird areas can't hope to survive in the face of land development pressure unless the Legislature adequately funds land and conservation easement programs. Let’s bring more funding for Florida Forever, the Rural and Family Lands Program, and other state land and conservation easement acquisition programs in for a landing!   
 
Some county commissions in Florida, at the urging of Audubon Chapters and Board Members, have passed powerful resolutions asking the Florida Legislature to approve increased conservation and land acquisition funding. To send a message to Tallahassee, Audubon is encouraging all Florida counties to pass resolutions in support of adequately funded land and conservation easement acquisition programs. Right now, there are projects across the Sunshine State that need support. To see the conservation opportunities in your area, check out the 2016 priorities for Florida Forever and the 2016 proposed projects Rural & Family Lands Protection Program. Also, check out maps of Forever Florida Conservation Land Purchase Proposals in your county.
 
Where does your county stand?

Conservation knows no political party or affiliation. With your help, every county commission could pass a resolution urging the Legislature to approve increased conservation land acquisition funding! Check out our toolkit to take action in your county.

Let us know how you're doing! Contact Charles Lee at clee@audubon.org for more information and to update us on the status of your efforts.

Florida counties that have passed resolutions:

Florida counties where Audubon leaders are working to get resolutions passed:

  • Citrus County
  • Lake County
  • Seminole County
  • Volusia County

Florida counties where we need your help:
Links to your county government. 

Baker County Franklin County Lee County Polk County
Bay County Gadsden County Leon County Putnam County
Bradford County Gilchrist County Levy County Santa Rosa County
Brevard County Glades County Liberty County Sarasota County
Broward County Gulf County Madison County St. Johns County
Calhoun County Hamilton County Manatee County St. Lucie County
Charlotte County Hardee County Marion County Sumter County
Clay County Hendry County Martin County Suwannee County
Collier County Hernando County Miami-Dade County Taylor County
Columbia County Highlands County Monroe County Union County
DeSoto County Hillsborough County Nassau County Wakulla County
Dixie County Holmes County Okaloosa County Walton County
Duval County Indian River County Okeechobee County Washington County
Escambia County Jackson County Palm Beach County  
Flagler County Jefferson County Pasco County  
  Lafayette County Pinellas County  

How you can help, right now