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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/
FWF Praises Sam and Betty Shine
FWF Praises Sam and Betty Shine
For Immediate Release Contact: Manley Fuller, (850) 567-7129 or Preston Robertson, (850) 656-7113, preston@fwfonline.org   Florida Wildlife Federation Praises Sam and Betty Shine   In recognition of the extraordinary generosity of philanthropists Sam and Betty Shine, the Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) has expressed their deepest thanks. The Shines have recently donated a critical tract of land, over 6,000 acres in size, to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge south of Tallahassee on the Gulf of Mexico. This is just the latest Florida conservation project that the Shines have aided in. The land donated by the Shines will expand the Refuge northward to US 98, thereby protecting this environmental jewel from development and pollution. As habitat, it will provide a perpetual home for a wide variety of plants and animals, including the Florida black bear and the indigo snake. Just as essential are the tract’s aquatic attributes. Creeks and seeps dot this land, and their protection affords increased water quantity and quality to our precious aquifer which also aids Apalachee Bay. “This is the latest in a long line of environmental projects involving Sam and Betty, and the Florida Wildlife ...
Introducing New Southwest Field Representative
Introducing New Southwest Field Representative
In May, Meredith Barnard joined the Florida Wildlife Federation as the new Southwest Florida Field Representative. Ms. Barnard holds an undergraduate degree in Marine Science from the University of Miami and a graduate degree in Marine and Environmental Affairs from the University of Washington. She is a graduate of the Leadership Collier Foundation’s Growing Associates in Naples™ (GAIN™) and an active board member of the University of Miami’s Southwest Florida Canes Alumni Association. She has a variety of environmental talents and advocacy experiences including serving for the past two years as a policy advocate at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. After 24 years of service to the Federation and Southwest Florida’s wildlife, Nancy Anne Payton will retire this August.  Because Ms. Barnard and Ms. Payton have worked together on several local campaigns there will be a seamless transition as Ms. Barnard assumes responsibilities for the Federation’s ongoing wildlife protection, habitat connectivity, and crossings campaigns across Southwest Florida.
 Florida Wildlife Federation Celebrates Earthday With Northside Elementary School In Panama City
Florida Wildlife Federation Celebrates Earthday With Northside Elementary School In Panama City
The Northside Elementary School in Panama City was visited by Steve Theberge, Northwest Regional Director of the Florida Wildlife Federation, to help celebrate Northside's recent winning of the Federation's statewide Kids' Wildlife Habitat Contest. The Federation is headquartered in Tallahassee. This year's contest was the 9th, with former winners in Leesburg, Kissimmee, Miami, Pembroke Pines, Madeira Beach, and several other locations. The Florida Wildlife Federation is dedicated to encouraging the efforts of young people to be active outdoors and to be aware that our state needs everybody to help preserve our state's environment. The contest is open to all children in Florida 12 years old or younger who have helped to establish and maintain a place where food, water, cover, and a place to raise young are available to wildlife. Northside actually was given two awards, as they entered two separate gardens, one belonging to 2nd graders and one belonging to Kindergarteners. The 2nd grade garden, established with the help and guidance of 2nd Grade teacher Carla Santiny, is meant to attract toads, birds, squirrels and ladybugs. The Kindergarten garden, where students are supervised by April ...
Update on Jim Stevenson one of our past FWF award winners
Update on Jim Stevenson one of our past FWF award winners
By Jay Bushnell Each year at our annual meeting, FWF recognizes folks for their contributions to our conservation mission. It is their accomplishments that reflect who we are. As an organization, we are nourished by what these folks do. Their contributions reflect everything that is important to us. For many award winners, it is not a one time moment for them. Theirs is a commitment that continues to resonate throughout their lives. Jim Stevenson and his wife, Tara Tanaka are great examples of a lifetime commitment to conservation. Tara is a naturalist photographer. On our visit to their home, we were treated both to a video display, as well as, a real-time introduction to their conservation life.  The focal point of their home is the bald cypress swamp in their backyard that they acquired in 2007. This 45 acre swamp is managed by them to maximize it as a bird sanctuary.  FWC estimated that there were 275 wood stork nests in 2016-2017, the largest rookery of its kind in the Tallahassee area. Wood ducks, black-bellied whistling ducks use the nest boxes. Tara ...
Capitol Watch 2018 - FINAL
Capitol Watch 2018 - FINAL
Capitol Watch 2018 - FINAL 2018 Legislative Session, March 13. By Preston Robertson and Jay Liles.  SB = Senate Bill, HB = House Bill, CS = Committee Substitute It’s over. The Florida Legislature ended a few days late this year, but we now know what was passed and will go into law barring a veto by the Governor: Florida Forever Funding: Thanks in large part to Senator Rob Bradley, the budget contains $77 million to be spent on land purchases from the Florida Forever Acquisition list. Another approximately $23 million will go towards the Rural and Family Lands program, the Florida Communities Trust and smaller programs, for a total of $100 million. Unfortunately, this money is non-recurring (so only for this fiscal year). SB 370 (Bradley), which would have provided $100 million to the Florida Forever Trust Fund every year, though it passed in the Senate, was not heard in the House. The House bill which dealt with Florida Forever, CS/HB 7063 (Caldwell), never got a vote in the full House either. That means we will have to fight again next Session for Florida ...
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