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VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 9!
VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 9!
Amendment 9 will help protect Florida’s beaches, our economy and our wildlife from oil spills by banning nearshore drilling. This election season, please vote YES on Amendment 9!    (Photo by Martina Henderson)  
Hunters and Anglers Keep Their Eyes on the Senate as Land and Water Conservation Fund Expire
Hunters and Anglers Keep Their Eyes on the Senate as Land and Water Conservation Fund Expire
  Hunters and Anglers Keep Their Eyes on the Senate as Land and Water Conservation Fund Expire Sportsmen and women delivered a letter urging reauthorization of successful program   TALLAHASSEE (10/1/18) – 371 Florida sportsmen and women delivered a letter to members of Florida’s congressional delegation today calling on them to support full-funding and reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The letter highlighted LWCF’s support for projects like land acquisition providing public access for hunting and fishing, and preserving essential wildlife habitat and migration corridors in Florida. The 54-year-old conservation program expired yesterday. “Congress has made a huge mistake by allowing this successful conservation program to expire,” said Manley Fuller, President of the Florida Wildlife Federation. “Hunters and anglers throughout Florida have benefitted from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Our state has received over $1 billion in support from this and Congress needs to fix this blunder.” Legislation is moving through the Senate that Senator Rubio and Senator Nelson may have a chance to vote on. “Sportsmen and women in Florida will be watching closely to see which way our Senators vote ...
Support the Land and Water Conservation Fund which will expire on September 30, 2018
Support the Land and Water Conservation Fund which will expire on September 30, 2018
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has helped support and secure the United States’ wildlife heritage since 1964 by supporting anglers, hunters, and outdoor recreation. However, the Land and Water Conservation Fund is at risk of expiring unless Congress acts by the end of September to reauthorize and fully fund this critical conservation program.   Sign-on to support full funding and permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund: http://bit.ly/2NfyfkF
Trouble in Paradise - Six Key Issues to Tackle Florida's Environmental Challenges
Trouble in Paradise - Six Key Issues to Tackle Florida's Environmental Challenges
With leadership from the late Nathaniel Pryor Reed, Trouble in Paradise is the work product of deeply concerned members of the Florida environmental community who wish to help elected officials and candidates for office better understand six major statewide environmental issues impacting Florida’s natural resources and our residents’ quality of life. Reflecting that ‘one size does not fit all’ this report also identifies four of Florida’s many resource areas meriting specialized treatment. Every candidate for statewide office, the Legislature, and Congress should be aware of these major environmental issues and be willing to respond with decisive action. It is the collective hope of 1000 Friends of Florida, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, Defenders of Wildlife, Florida Defenders of the Environment, Florida Springs Council, Florida Springs Institute, Florida Wildlife Corridor, Florida Wildlife Federation and League of Women Voters of Florida that Trouble in Paradise inspires and educates current and incoming leaders, providing valuable guidance on how to address Florida’s very serious and growing environmental crises. Now more than ever, Florida needs strong, bold, and decisive leaders. Leaders with vision and dedication.  Leaders with the best interests of Florida at ...
Conservation 20/20: Lee County’s Legacy
Conservation 20/20: Lee County’s Legacy
Conservation 20/20: Lee County’s Legacy By Meredith Barnard, Marisa Carrozzo, and Brad Cornell Lee County residents understand the value of Conservation 20/20, the county’s conservation land program.  This was evident in the 2016 election when nearly 84% of residents voted in support of continuing the program. By preserving environmentally sensitive lands, this program works to protect our drinking water supplies and water quality, reduce flood risk, protect native wildlife and their habitat, and provide access for people to enjoy nature-based recreation.  Since the program’s inception in 1996, Lee County has protected nearly 30,000 acres of land, including the most recent purchase of Edison Farms in December 2017. Clearly, this program has been wildly successful and is meeting habitat conservation and water resource goals for Lee County. This begs the question, why is Lee County proposing changes to this program? The proposed changes seek to alter the property ranking criteria, create a new nomination and application process, and also propose a mechanism to replenish the acquisition fund- all of which will be voted on by the Board of County Commissioners at the upcoming ...
FLORIDA TREE FARM TOUR - Private Field Day for Landowners
FLORIDA TREE FARM TOUR - Private Field Day for Landowners
WHEN: Friday, August 24th from 8am-11am DIRECTIONS: Please Google the address: 1255 Juniper Rd, Quincy FL 32351 and follow the “landowner event” signs REGISTRATION: Space Limited! Contact Tiffany Woods at: woodst@nwf.org / 678-436-5078 PROVIDED BY: American Forest Foundation ∙ Florida Forest Service ∙National Wildlife Federation ∙ Florida Wildlife Federation 
Letter to the Editor - August 2018
Letter to the Editor - August 2018
Dear Editor, The August 2018 edition of Car and Driver features an informative and beneficial primer on wildlife crossings titled “Roadkill.” The Florida Wildlife Federation has an ongoing campaign to secure wildlife crossings across Southwest Florida and to promote habitat connectivity among the region’s public and private conservation lands. With increasing human growth and development patterns, our Southwest Florida office has a focus on comprehensive land use planning and limiting transportation impacts on wildlife. Florida is home to the endangered Florida Panther and to a growing, but still fragile, black bear population. Our many super highways and byways act to fragment habitat for these and many other native species. By constructing crossings as roads are built or renovated, we are providing these far-ranging animals with safe passage and, at the same time, protecting people and their property by limiting human-wildlife interactions. The Florida Wildlife Federation contracts Dr. Dan Smith, a transportation ecologist with the University of Central Florida, to study wildlife movement and provide expertise on placement and construction of appropriate passageways. We are creating important connections to not only safeguard the ...
HUGE VICTORY!
HUGE VICTORY!
Huge Victory!   The Leon County Circuit Court has entered a Final Judgment in the Amendment 1 case and the Florida Wildlife Federation and its allies have prevailed! Judge Charles Dodson has ruled that the Legislature has misspent millions of dollars that should have gone to land conservation programs, such as Florida Forever. Per Judge Dodson, the meaning of Amendment 1, the Water and Land Legacy Amendment, passed by 75% of Florida voters in 2014, is clear and monies in the Land Acquisition Trust Fund should be use for just that: land acquisition. “This win is a victory not only for conservation of our remaining natural resources, but for the citizens of Florida” said Manley Fuller, Florida Wildlife Federation's President.   Undoubtedly, the Legislature will appeal this important decision, and FWF will fight it all the way to the Supreme Court. The will of the voters must be followed by our elected politicians. We thank everyone who has donated to this most worthy cause! Please consider helping us as we continue this battle!    To support our case on appeal, please donate to the Florida Wildlife Federation.
Conservation wins! Florida Wildlife Federation and allies prevail at trial!
Conservation wins! Florida Wildlife Federation and allies prevail at trial!
For Immediate Release Contact: Manley Fuller, (850) 567-7129 or Preston Robertson, (850) 656-7113   Conservation wins!  Florida Wildlife Federation and allies prevail at trial! Following years of legal maneuvering, a trial court has finally ruled on what Amendment 1, the Water and Land Legacy Constitutional Amendment, means. In 2014, 75% of voters supported Amendment 1 to secure adequate funding for the Florida Forever program and other conservation efforts across the state. Florida Forever and its predecessor program Preservation 2000, had been supported by both Republican and Democratic administrations until several years ago, when they were essentially de-funded. Amendment 1 was to correct that problem and save critical lands and waters in the face on ongoing development. Importantly, only willing sellers participate in these programs. Unfortunately, the Florida Legislature did not do the will of the people and spent the money on a wide variety of things completely unrelated to conservation. Because of the Legislature’s failure to follow the Constitution, the Florida Wildlife Federation and our partners filed a lawsuit against the Legislature and state agencies for misspending millions of dollars. This past Friday, Leon County ...
ACTION ALERT! July 14 - Rally to stop the destruction of conservation land in St. Johns County!
ACTION ALERT! July 14 - Rally to stop the destruction of conservation land in St. Johns County!
Rally to stop the destruction of conservation land! Protect Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve!   Developers want to build on 400 acres of PUBLIC conservation land south of Jacksonville.  The RALLY TO SAVE the PRESERVE will be held on Saturday, July 14 at 9:00 am at the Preserve. Here is a link to the Rally event page:​ https://www.facebook.com/events/320260088508311/
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