We're excited to announce that our Center Director, Tom Hoctor received the Herb Kale Award from the Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society during the Chapter's annual spring meeting this past week. Tom joins Dr. Larry Harris, Dr. David Maehr, Dr. Reed Noss and other past recipients in receiving this award that recognizes biologists who have made important contributions both to wildlife conservation science and policy in Florida. We're honored that he has been selected. Congratulations Tom Hoctor! UF College of Design, Construction and Planning... See MoreSee Less
Florida's ranchlands provide essential habitat, wildlife corridors, and significant opportunities to protect and restore our water resources. Ranches are being lost to rapid development and conversion to intensive agricultural uses, but if we act fast we still have the chance to protect this traditional way of life and the ecological benefits it provides. Florida Conservation Group... See MoreSee Less
An op-ed by our Center Director, Tom Hoctor, discussing the Florida Ecological Greenways Network and Wildlife Corridor was published in the Tampa Bay Times today. Tom talks about the significance of the legislation, but also the importance of continued funding for land conservation in the state including the Florida Forever and Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, incentives to protect habitat and restore watersheds, and federal land conservation funding and partnerships. Florida Wildlife Corridor FoundationUF College of Design, Construction and Planning... See MoreSee Less
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Act was signed into law this week, after receiving unanimous bi-partisan support in the Florida House and Senate. Along with the passage of the Act, the following is a link to a feature on the Florida Ecological Greenways Network and Florida Wildlife Corridor in the The New Yorker that describes the importance of the Corridor and efforts by many reach this milestone. Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation... See MoreSee Less
The University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning finished the 2021 Update of the Florida Ecological Greenways Network was completed last week working with Florida Natural Areas Inventory, our Technical Advisory Group, and other partners.The Florida Ecological Greenways Network (FEGN) is part of the legislatively adopted Florida Greenways Plan administered by the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The FEGN guides Florida’s ecological greenway conservation efforts, and promotes public awareness of the need for a statewide ecological greenways network. It is also used as the primary data layer to inform the Florida Forever and other state and regional land acquisition programs regarding the location of the most important conservation corridors and large, intact landscapes in the state. The FEGN identifies areas of opportunity for protecting a statewide network of ecological hubs and linkages designed to maintain large landscape-scale ecological functions including critical species habitat and ecosystem services throughout the state. FEGN Priorities 1, 2, and 3 are the most important for protecting a connected statewide network of public and private conservation lands, and in April 2021, the Florida Legislature unanimously passed legislation making FEGN P1-P3 the Florida Wildlife Corridor, and made protection of these wildlife and landscape conservation priorities a high priority as part of a strategic plan for Florida’s future. To accomplish this goal, we need robust state, federal, and local conservation land protection program including Florida Forever, Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, and Natural Resources Conservation Service easements and incentives. We work closely with the Florida Conservation Group and other partners to ensure that the FEGN and other best available science is used to guide Florida conservation planning, and to advocate for land conservation funding that is essential for implementing the FEGN and other landscape-scale conservation projects.In addition, with help from partners, we expect to continue to work on the FEGN over the next year with goals including:--Identify strategic Florida Forever and Rural and Family Lands Protection Program project priorities most important for closing gaps in protection in the FEGN.--Continue development of Strategic Prioritization with FNAI.--Develop a Supporting Landscape Analysis to identify additional landscape-scale conservation priority areas.--Develop an FEGN 2021 GIS database.--Conduct additional updates to the Critical Lands and Waters Identification Project with FNAI and release a CLIP 5.0 database.--Compare with the upcoming new Florida 2070 model and a planned Protection Opportunities model. The new Florida 2070 scenarios project is another ongoing research effort by the Center for Landscape Conservation Planning with 1000 Friends of Florida, the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research, and the University of Florida GeoPlan Center.--Additional consideration of ecological connectivity across state borders (into Georgia and Alabama).The Florida Ecological Greenways Network (FEGN) is part of the legislatively adopted Florida Greenways Plan administered by the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The FEGN guides Florida’s ecological greenway conservation efforts, and promotes public awareness of the need for a statewide ecological greenways network. It is also used as the primary data layer to inform the Florida Forever and other state and regional land acquisition programs regarding the location of the most important conservation corridors and large, intact landscapes in the state. The FEGN identifies areas of opportunity for protecting a statewide network of ecological hubs and linkages designed to maintain large landscape-scale ecological functions including critical species habitat and ecosystem services throughout the state. FEGN Priorities 1, 2, and 3 are the most important for protecting a connected statewide network of public and private conservation lands, and in April 2021, the Florida Legislature unanimously passed legislation making FEGN P1-P3 the Florida Wildlife Corridor, and made protection of these wildlife and landscape conservation priorities a high priority as part of a strategic plan for Florida’s future. To accomplish this goal, we need robust state, federal, and local conservation land protection program including Florida Forever, Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, and Natural Resources Conservation Service easements and incentives. The Florida Conservation Group works with many partners including the University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning to identify the most important conservation priority areas and advocates for the many programs needed to protect them. ... See MoreSee Less
Very good news today with the recognition and possible funding for the Florida Wildlife Corridor by the Florida Legislature!🙌Florida Legislature Recognizes the Florida Wildlife Corridor🙌 👏Today, we celebrate the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives passage of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Act, with bipartisan support. We applaud the Florida legislature’s leadership and their commitment to conserving Florida’s land and water resources.This historic milestone was made possible thanks to the support of a broad coalition of partners from the agricultural, environmental and scientific communities over the past decade. If signed by the Governor, the legislation will take effect on July 1, 2021.blog.nationalgeographic.org/2021/04/27/florida-legislature-recognizes-the-florida-wildlife-corridor/... See MoreSee Less
The Florida legislature is in the midst of identifying budget priorities for the coming year, including for the Florida Forever and Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP) land acquisition programs. Although the Florida Forever program may be refunded, the RFLPP program may again receive zero dollars, even though there is $15 million in matching federal funding that would become available if state funding was provided. Please consider contacting your legislators to support the maximum possible funding for both of these programs and a minimum of $15 million for the the RFLPP. The following post by the Florida Conservation Group provides more information, as well as contact information for legislators. ... See MoreSee Less
Florida’s Ranches Play a Significant Role in Combatting the Threats from the Warming Climate Apr 16, 2021 | Conservation ArticlesPublished in The Invading Sea by Jim Strickland, March 3, 2021 Go to ...
Depot Park is a 32-acre urban park adjacent to downtown Gainesville, Florida. Formerly an industrial brownfield, the site was polluted with coal tar and arsenic. Following over 20 years of site remedi...
By Jim Strickland, Florida rancher I consider myself blessed to live and work as a rancher in Florida. As a caretaker of the land, I have both the privilege and the obligation to protect the habitat a...
Green Infrastructure in Planning CurriculaURP’s Dr. Christopher Silver and scholars from the United Kingdom make the case for planning programs to teach about green infrastructure (GI) to advance su...
This is another blog post by our partner Julie Morris of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, with contributions by Tom and other partners that highlights the work on new conservation lands in south-central Florida and the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge & Conservation Area to help one of the most endangered birds in the United States. ... See MoreSee Less
The National Wildlife Refuge Association and its partners are advancing critical conservation efforts by working to protect habitat for the Florida grasshopper sparrow. Our land conservation projects...
This post on the Land and Water Conservation Fund blog written by Julie Morris of the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Center staff highlights the importance of obtaining federal Land and Water Conservation Fund money for four essential conservation acquisitions in the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge. Make sure your Congressional representatives know how important LWCF funding is for achieving Florida's wildlife, water, and outdoor recreation conservation goals. ... See MoreSee Less
From Orlando south to Lake Okeechobee lies the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge, a region that plays an essential role in protecting and restoring water resources and contains more endem...
In honor of Gator Nation Giving Day, we are writing to thank everyone who has supported the Center for Landscape Conservation Planning in the past, and to share a reminder that the Center and staff are primarily funded by grants and donations to accomplish the Center's goal of research, planning and education to support strategic landscape-scale conservation and green infrastructure protection. Although we continue to seek long term projects, cooperative agreements, and endowments to provide long-term sustainable support for the Center, small donations are also very helpful and can be easily made at the following link: www.uff.ufl.edu/give-now/?fund_id=019513. Center staff partner with many conservation organizations including the National Wildlife Refuge Association, Florida Conservation Group, Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation, and 1000 Friends of Florida as well as regional, state and federal agencies to advance conservation goals across the state. We work to provide the science foundation for making strategic conservation decisions in a state with limited planning and funding resources. We also work with Ph.D., Masters and undergraduate students in the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning to conduct research and address important planning issues as part of their education as sustainable designers. An example is the recent project and Landscape Architecture studio course that we shared, which was featured in the The Gainesville Sun and focused on restoration of the Ocklawaha River Free the Ocklawaha. We encourage you to visit conservation.dcp.ufl.edu/ for more information, and consider supporting this important work. ... See MoreSee Less
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Land conservation within the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge is one of the important areas that Center faculty and staff from the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Florida Conservation Group work closely together on. This video by Julie Morris and Tom Hoctor describes the importance of this region in Florida for critical species like the Florida panther and Florida grasshopper sparrow as well as the drinking water of Floridians and the working heritage of Florida's ranchers. ... See MoreSee Less
This map shows the importance of working ranchlands for the protection of Florida’s prairie region and the species and water resources it supports and maintains. Florida Conservation GroupSouth-central and southwest Florida are home to a Florida’s “great prairie region” where vast grasslands were native along with species adapted to them. This includes the Florida dry prairie ecosystem-- native upland grasses, palmettos, and scattered shrubs and pines, wet prairies, hammocks, and forested wetlands. This great prairie region is home to many unique species found nowhere else including the Florida grasshopper sparrow, crested caracara, Florida sandhill crane, Florida burrowing owl, etc. The ranches of the Florida great prairie region maintain similar open land uses that supports almost all of these species as well as Florida’s unique ranching history. Without these ranches, most of the remaining open prairie lands of south-central and southwest Florida would be lost to development that would destroy this unique habitat -- as well as negatively impact our water resources. Tom Hoctor ... See MoreSee Less
This post from the Florida Conservation Group underscores the importance of working timberland landscapes in achieving Florida’s conservation goals, including maintaining critical wildlife habitat, water resources, and protecting Florida Ecological Greenways Network (FEGN) priorities in the northern half of Florida.Closing the gaps in the Florida Ecological Greenways Network (FEGN) in the northern half of Florida is dependent on protection of working timberland landscapes. Though not pristine natural areas, managed forest lands provide essential wildlife habitat and wildlife corridors as well as watershed and groundwater protection. Florida Conservation Group works with partners including the UF Center for Landscape Conservation Planning to ensure funding for our land conservation protection programs and to ensure the best available science is used to identify and protect the lands most strategic for protecting wildlife corridors and other statewide conservation priorities. ... See MoreSee Less
Here's a map created by the University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning as part of our partnership with the Florida Conservation Group. The point is that ranches are essential to protecting the high priority wildlife corridors in the Florida Ecological Greenways Network (FEGN) as well as the Florida Wildlife Corridor (which is based on the FEGN priorities 1 and 2) in the southern half of the Florida peninsula. Ranchlands are therefore essential for achieving Florida's wildlife, water, and large landscape conservation goals. We are committed to ensuring that the best science is used to ensure that we protect land that are most strategic for achieving Florida's conservation goals, and Florida Conservation Group is an essential partner in these efforts. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation is another essential partner for ensuring protection of the high priorities in the FEGN.RANCHLANDS: NATURE'S PATHS ACROSS FLORIDAThe Florida Ecological Greenways Network (FEGN) identifies the most important wildlife corridors and large, intact landscapes in the state. FEGN Priorities 1-3 (on map) are the top ranked wildlife corridors; these are the lands that need to be protected to maintain native wildlife, watersheds, and habitats.Some of the FEGN is already protected (in conservation land). But much remains to be done. In the southern part of the state, the majority of the FEGN is in ranchlands. If we want to preserve a connected natural landscape from south to north Florida - it is critical we protect these working ranchlands.FEGN Priority 1 and Priority 2 corridors are also the foundation of the Florida Wildlife Corridor ... See MoreSee Less
This project, led by Morris Hylton III and the UF Historic Preservation Program is one that Center staff were fortunate to be involved with this summer. We look forward to continuing to work with the Town of Nantucket to increase resiliency to future sea level rise and coastal change in the future. ... See MoreSee Less
We are now working with our partners, Florida Natural Areas Inventory to update the Florida Ecological Greenways Network. The Florida Ecological Greenways Network (FEGN) is part of the legislatively adopted Florida Greenways Plan administered by the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Florida Statutes, Chapter 260).The FEGN guides OGT ecological greenway conservation efforts, and promotes public awareness of the need for and benefits of a statewide ecological network.The FEGN identifies the best opportunities to connect large conservation lands for both biodiversity and to maintain ecological functions, and is used as the primary data layer to inform Florida Forever and other state and regional land acquisition programs regarding the location of the most important conservation corridors and large, intact landscapes across the state. The top two FEGN priorities, Critical Linkages and Priority 2 linkages, are also the foundation of the Florida Wildlife Corridor, the public education and outreach campaign to support protection of a statewide system of wildlife corridors in Florida. We expect the new FEGN to be available in August 2021. ... See MoreSee Less
Center Director, Tom Hoctor, gave a presentation this past week to the University of Florida Center for Land Use Efficiency (CLUE) in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) about the work we are doing at the Center for Landscape Conservation Planning, with some focus on our conservation partnership project with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Air Force. Although we are already working with some of the CLUE faculty, the goal was to discuss relevant work we are doing to better coordinate future projects between IFAS/CLUE, the Center, and the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning. If you'd like to learn more about what we do in the Center please feel free to watch this video of the presentation. ... See MoreSee Less
The Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP) is a conservation easement program through the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services; it is designed to protect important agricultural and natural lands. There are currently 237,000 acres of land on the Top ranked RFLPP List -- land that is in the que for conservation. This chart shows the land uses we could protect by funding this program. RFLPP partners with other programs to leverage funding (extremely efficient use of taxpayer dollars); currently there are over $20 million in partner funds obligated (more anticipated next FY) and without RLPP funding these partner dollars will be lost.http://floridaconserve.org/land-conservation-funding-rural-and-family-lands-protection-program-rflpp-2/ ... See MoreSee Less
Please call and thank Senator Debbie Mayfield (850-487-5017) for including the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP) in her budget. This is a proposed budget amount and she needs your help to keep RFLPP in the budget this legislative session. RFLPP is an agricultural easement program through the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, it is designed to protect important agricultural and natural lands through the acquisition of conservation easements. There are currently 237,000 acres of land on the Tier 1 RFLPP List and about 373,000 acres on all Tiers – land that is in the que for conservation. RFLPP partners with other programs to leverage funding (extremely efficient use of taxpayer dollars); currently there are over $20 million in partner funds obligated (more anticipated next FY) and without RLPP funding these partner dollars will be lost. Matt PearceLiesa PriddyBrad PharesPaul N GrayJim StricklandTom HoctorBen ButlerJon AndrewMallory Dimmitt ... See MoreSee Less
The annual Ed Stone lecture hosted by the University of Florida Department of Landscape Architecture is on February 7, 2020 at 6 pm. Please join us if you are in the Gainesville area. ... See MoreSee Less
Join us for the Edward D. Stone, Jr. Lecture Series In remembrance of Edward D. Stone, Jr., a beloved colleague, mentor, partner, advisor and friend, the University of Florida’s Department of Landsc...
Center Director, Tom Hoctor, will be speaking at the Everglades Coalition Conference in Captiva this Saturday. The session is a discussion about the role of National Wildlife Refuges in Everglades conservation and restoration. Tom will discuss the partnership between the University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning, National Wildlife Refuge Association, and the Florida Conservation Group in a variety of projects to strategically protect the lands most important for conservation and restoration in south-central and southwest Florida. ... See MoreSee Less
The Coalition's Annual Conference seeks to raise critical, timely issues for in-depth debates in an open, accessible forum. Community leaders and political figures come to discuss their positions, ple...
Center Director Tom Hoctor is in southwest Florida today with partners Florida Conservation Group and National Wildlife Refuge Association on a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation project to identify and discuss protection strategies for protecting under-served ranches that are most strategic for protecting water, wildlife, and wildlife corridors in both southwest and south-central Florida in the Everglades, Peace River, and Myakka River watersheds. We are all dedicated to science-driven land and water protection, restoration, and management to achieve Florida's most important conservation goals. ... See MoreSee Less
The Center's Directer, Tom Hoctor, presented at the joint Air Force-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service meeting in Panama City this week to forward science-based strategic conservation planning and partnerships to protect Florida’s biodiversity, wildlife corridors, and resilient ecosystems. We will be completing our Florida Strategic Conservation Partnerships project for the Air Force and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this December. ... See MoreSee Less
The Center's Director, Tom Hoctor, presented at this meeting to discuss the importance of Florida ranchlands for conserving and restoring wildlife habitat and water, and the need to fully funding the Florida Forever and Rural and Family Lands Protection land protection programs to achieve these essential conservation goals.Florida Conservation Group hosts Scientists , Conservationists and Ranchers that agree funding FDACS Rural Family Lands Protection Program and DEP’s Florida Forever Easement Program is a top priority for Florida’s future. ... See MoreSee Less
There are three tiers in the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (www.fdacs.gov/Consumer-Resources/Protect-Our-Environment/Rural-and-Family-Lands-Protection-Program), representing over 370,000 acres of lands waiting for conservation easements. Tier 1 projects are the highest ranked and comprise over 230,000 acres. These are the types of lands that would be protected if there was funding to protect Tier 1 Projects.There are three tiers in the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, representing over 370,000 acres of lands waiting for conservation easements. Tier 1 projects are the highest ranked and comprise over 230,000 acres. See types of lands that would be protected if there was funding to protect Tier 1 Projects. FDACS budget request is 32.6 million. We are asking for 50 million. ... See MoreSee Less
This data from the Florida Conservation Group shows that Florida's cattle ranches support important ecosystem services and extensive native habitat and natural wetlands. See land cover types on cattle ranches in the Lake Okeechobee Watershed.Florida's cattle ranches also include native habitats and natural wetlands. See land cover types on cattle ranches in the Lake Okeechobee Watershed. ... See MoreSee Less
A new podcast featuring our colleague Julie Morris with the National Wildlife Refuge Association. Over the last decade she has done fantastic and difficult work for land and water conservation in southwest Florida, and has worked with federal, state, and NGO partners to protect thousands of acres of land in the Everglades Headwaters and Charlotte Harbor watersheds. This work is an essential part of protecting and restoring the Everglades, the Florida panther and dozens of other native species unique to Florida, and our coastal estuaries. You can also support Julie's work by supporting the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Florida Conservation Group. ... See MoreSee Less
“Listen to the first episode of season two of Refuge Radio where we are joined by our Florida & Gulf Coast Programs Manager @julie_flconserv as she speaks about amazing conservation efforts taking p...
There is no money for Rural and Family Lands in this years state budget and very little for Florida Forever. Please call Sen. Rob Bradley (850) 487-5005, Sen. Wilton Simpson (850) 487 5010 and Rep. Travis Cummings (850) 717 5018 and let them know how important these programs are to Florida's water and wildlife. Time is critical and decisions are being made right now. Please make calls today.There is NO money for Rural and Family Lands in this years budget and very little for Florida Forever. Please call Sen. Rob Bradley (850) 487-5005, Sen. Wilton Simpson (850) 487 5010 and Rep. Travis Cummings (850) 717 5018 and let them know how important these programs are to Florida's water and wildlife. Time is critical and decisions are being made right now. Please make calls todayCurrently: House and Senate have NO money in the budget for Rural and Family Lands. They are negotiating on Florida Forever (House has 20 million and Senate has 45 million in their proposed budgets). From 1991-2008 our land protection programs received 300 million a year. ... See MoreSee Less
The project aims to assist Florida agriculture and forestry leaders in examining the vulnerabilities and opportunities created by changing climatic conditions in ways that are relevant to their daily ...
Public lands advocates across the West work tirelessly to protect special places cherished by Americans, and their efforts have paid off: The president signed a public lands package March 12 to protec...
This position for Chief Science Officer of the State of Florida has the potential to highly impact research, conservation, and natural resource management in our state. Please share with any qualified candidates you think might be interested. The deadline for applications is 2/15/19. ... See MoreSee Less
The Spring 2019 Water, Wetlands, and Watersheds Seminar Series at UF!It's that time again!Announcing the Spring 2019 Water, Wetlands, and Watersheds Seminar Series. The seminar is held on Wednesdays, 11:45am-12:35pm, in Room 101, Phelps Lab, UF main campus.The schedule is also posted on the CFW website(cfw.essie.ufl.edu/seminars/) where you can also find schedules and seminar recordings from the last eleven years of this seminar series.Join us in person, or stream online later. ... See MoreSee Less
Please come to the Harn Museum to see our Associate Director Mike Volk speak about sea level rise and resiliency projects at the UF Center for Landscape Conservation Planning on Sunday, February 3rd at 3pm. This presentation is part of a series related to a current exhibit at the Museum, which I have seen and highly recommend: The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene. ... See MoreSee Less
This should be an interesting and fun event including for kids regarding the important role of fire in maintaining healthy ecosystems and native biodiversity in Florida. Using prescribed fire is becoming more difficult in Florida as sprawl development continues to spread across our landscapes, which is one of the many reasons the Center for Landscape Conservation Planning works on identifying and protecting the intact landscapes of Florida before they become impacted by extensive development and habitat fragmentation. ... See MoreSee Less
The Florida Conservation Group believes in a holistic approach to addressing our water resource issues. Our waterways have issues because our watersheds have issues. We focus on addressing the underly...
Please consider buying a $20 raffle ticket for this 9 foot fly rod valued at over $900. The proceeds will support the conservation work of the Native Fish Coalition, which is a new organization focused on native fish species conservation. Tom Hoctor is on their Advisory Council, and though most of their work is currently focused on native salmonids in the northeastern U.S., they are considering eventually operating across the eastern U.S. including here in the southeast where native fish diversity is very high and important. ... See MoreSee Less
1000 Friends of Florida will be conducting a workshop in Palm Beach County next month to talk about next steps in future land use planning, based on the Florida 2070 project completed by Paul Zwick and Peggy Carr. The Center along with 1000 Friends of Florida is looking for funding to continue this project, including to incorporate sea level rise into future growth scenarios. A link to the workshop information is here - www.1000friendsofflorida.org/pbco2070plan/ . If you're in Palm Beach County and concerned about future growth and conservation this will be great to attend! ... See MoreSee Less
Had a great time at the Florida Native Plant Show yesterday (www.nativeplantshow.com)! This was the 6th annual event, held at the Bradenton Area Convention Center and produced by the FANN. Native plants can be cost effective, low maintenance, and beautiful in the landscape, and are important support for native pollinators and wildlife, particularly as climate change occurs. This poster says it all... ... See MoreSee Less
10 Parks that Changed America tells the story of 10 visionaries who took open canvases of God-forsaken land, and transformed them into serene spaces that offer city dwellers a respite from the hustle ...
A landmark United Nations report paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding damage requires quickly transforming the ...
Tom Hoctor will be speaking at two sessions at the Public Land Acquisition and Management Conference (www.ces.fau.edu/plam2018/index.php) this week in Sarasota: a panel regarding cooperative efforts with the U.S. Department of Defense on regional conservation efforts in Florida on Tuesday afternoon and a presentation on the Critical Lands and Waters Identification Project Wednesday morning. The conference is sponsored by the Florida Center for Environmental Studies. We'll look forward to seeing you there if you're attending! ... See MoreSee Less
Florida still has extensive priority conservation areas as this map and statistics from the Florida Conservation Group show. We need a minimum of $300 million a year for conservation land protection or many of these conservation priority areas will never get protected.See lands on the Florida Forever and Rural and Family Lands Top Tier; these properties have been vetted and on the list to be protected. Acres in Rural and Family Lands Protection Program Top Tier: 237,758Acres on Less-Than-Fee (conservation easement) Florida Forever Project list: 696,959 ... See MoreSee Less
This blog was written by Tom Hoctor, Director of the Center and Julie Morris, Director of Florida operations for the National Wildlife Refuge Association regarding the current algae bloom issues in south Florida and the work the Refuge Association and the Center are doing together with various partners to protect land, restore wetlands, and improve water quality in the Everglades Headwaters, Caloosahatchee River, Peace River, and Myakka River, and Charlotte Harbor watersheds. ... See MoreSee Less
1000 Friends of Florida just released a new climate change and sea level rise information clearinghouse here: www.1000friendsofflorida.org/building-better-communities/climate-change/ . One of the projects we are trying to fund through the Center is an updated version of the Florida 2070 project (1000friendsofflorida.org/florida2070/), which projects locations of future development in Florida based on future population growth and sea level rise scenarios. The data shows that if current suburban development trends continue, there will be significant losses of agricultural and natural landscapes as a consequence. Growth management is going to be an important issue in the upcoming election, and a critical concern in future decades. ... See MoreSee Less
With more than a thousand miles of coastline and low-lying topography throughout of much of the state’s coastal areas, Florida is more vulnerable than many states to the impacts of climate change an...
A very timely publication was just released by 1000 Friends of Florida and a coalition of other environmental and public interest groups in Florida titled "Trouble in Paradise". There is a free webinar on September 19th focused on the content of the report. It identifies several major statewide issues that threaten Florida's environment and residents' quality of life, and six policy goals to help address these issues: troubleinparadiseflorida.org/... See MoreSee Less
These photos and short post by Gainesville photographer John Moran of water pollution in south Florida are unbelievable, and make the point that protecting our natural resources is critical for preserving a strong economy and many of the reasons that people visit and live in our state. ... See MoreSee Less
For several statewide publications, I reported last month on the plight of the Caloosahatchee River and its befouled waters flowing from Lake Okeechobee; delivering slime to waterfront neighborhoods i...
Center staff were in Bonita Springs this past week at the annual Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Conference (ASLA Florida Chapter) to talk about if/how landscape architects should begin to consider climate change in projects and designs. There are a number of things that home gardeners can start to do as well to make landscapes more sustainable and climate-wise, such as using plants that support native pollinators, careful pest management, watering, and fertilization strategies. The UF-IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping program (www.floridayards.org/) is a great source of information , as well as this new book by Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt (Climate-Wise Landscaping). ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to everyone who has liked and followed our new Facebook page so far! Here is an interesting article about dispersed water storage projects north of Lake Okeechobee. These can be a tool for protecting ranch and other agricultural lands that are critical for habitat and wildlife corridor conservation, as well as addressing nutrient and water storage issues in the northern Everglades and Kissimmee River watershed. ... See MoreSee Less
We're excited to introduce the new Facebook page for the University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning! Here we'll share updates about Florida conservation efforts, useful data and tools, and news about Center work and products. We hope you'll check back, and if you're able consider supporting our work using the "Donate" button on this page. ... See MoreSee Less
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