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Land Conservation

Photo courtesy of Carlton Ward Jr. The sun rises at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, which protects the largest expanse of native dry prairie in Florida.

In addition to protecting our drinking water, sheltering wildlife, and providing a host of recreational opportunities, Florida’s natural lands are this state’s greatest economic asset. Safeguarding these special places is a top priority.

1000 Friends of Florida spearheads workable strategies to preserve the state’s remarkable “special places” for our children and our grandkids to enjoy.

Over the years, 1000 Friends has played a key role in two of this state’s most significant programs to protect natural resources — supporting state funding for the acquisition of environmentally-sensitive land and establishing this state’s nationally recognized “emerald necklace” of greenways.

This page includes numerous tools to assist with protecting rural and natural lands at the community, regional and state levels.  From protecting wildlife habitat, to filtering our drinking water and air, to providing opportunities for recreation, these lands are what make Florida special.

We also know that conserving significant natural lands is one of the best means of ensuring that our urban areas will be viable places to invest in, and places where people will want to live.

1000 Friends of Florida Webinar Broadcasts:

Florida Greenways and Trails “Close the Gap Campaign” (June 19, 2013) Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation President Dale Allen and Office of Greenways and Trails Assistant Director Doug Alderson discuss the new “Close the Gap” Campaign to create a coast-to-coast trail system from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canaveral National Seashore. Click here for the PowerPoint.

Florida Greenways and Trails System Planning (December 11, 2013) In the second webinar of the year on Florida’s growing system of greenways, Assistant Bureau Chief for the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) Doug Alderson, and Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation President Dale Allen discuss Creating a World-Class Trail and Greenway System for Florida, highlighting ongoing planning to close the remaining gaps in Florida’s greenways system. The PowerPoint also is available.

Landscaping and Biodiversity: Conserving Biodiversity in Urban Planning and Development (October 9, 2013) Part I and Part 2 (due to technical difficulties the webinar was recorded in two segments). The University of Florida’s Dr. Mark Hostetler shared strategies to engage policy makers, planners, built environment professionals and citizens in order to create functioning green communities, including the importance of addressing decisions made during the design, construction and post-construction phases of new subdivision development. Click here to view the PowerPoint.

1000 Friends of Florida reports and studies:

Florida wildlife habitat planning manual (2008) – As Florida’s population continues to grow, so too will the competition between wildlife and humans for land, water, food and air resources. This manual provides land use planning strategies to better protect wildlife habitat in Florida.

Working to sustain Florida’s rural and natural lands: A call to action (2007) – 1000 Friends Chairman Emeritus Nathaniel Reed convened a group of some of the state’s leading conservationists, developers, and agricultural leaders to chart a different course for Florida’s future. The group produced a series of recommendations related to visioning and public policy, economic and planning strategies, and citizen involvement.

Florida’s working landscapes: Tools to assist in their conservation (2011) – Prepared by 1000 Friends, this provides a brief overview of several tools to assist with conserving Florida’s working landscapes.

Florida’s evolving large-scale ecological greenways system (2010) – To find out more how Florida’s landmark greenways system continues to evolve, check out this paper by 1000 Friends of Florida.

Saving special places: A citizen’s guide to protecting natural resources in Florida’s panhandle (2004) – Produced by 1000 Friends, this guide includes planning strategies to protect natural resources, and success stories in the Florida Panhandle.

Protecting Florida’s springs: Land use planning strategies and best management practices (2002) – 1000 Friends prepared this award-winning manual on behalf of the Florida Department of Community Affairs and Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Creating a statewide greenways system (1995) – This report to the Governor, prepared by 1000 Friends of Florida on behalf of the Florida Greenways Commission, laid the foundation for Florida’s statewide network of greenways.

Florida 2060 (2006) – How will Florida grow and develop by 2060 if current patterns of development continue? This series of studies shows what could be lost, and provides recommendations on how to follow the principles of smart growth for a better outcome.

Other Florida information:

Valuing ecosystem services in the Red Hills of Southwest Georgia and North Florida (2012) – Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy quantifies some of the values of ecosystem services in North Florida and South Georgia.

The value of agricultural lands and open space in the Red Hills Region of Southwest Georgia and North Florida (2004) – This cost of services study was prepared on behalf of Tall Timbers Research, 1000 Friends of Florida, The Georgia Conservancy, and The Conservation Fund.

Economic benefits of land conservation: A case for Florida Forever (2009) – While this report by The Nature Conservancy is several years old, it outlines important information on how land conservation benefits the economy through tourism, outdoor recreation, agriculture and more.

National information:

Farmland Protection Toolbox – The American Farmland Trust provides a brief overview of the tools and techniques that state and local governments are using to protect farmland and support the economic viability of agriculture.

Conservation Gateway – The Nature Conservancy hosts this site which features information on conservation planning and practices.

The benefits of parks – Prepared by The Trust for Public Land, this white paper outlines how desperate the need is for city parks—especially in inner city neighborhoods—and describes the social, environmental, economic and health benefits parks bring to a city and its people.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Barry. Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland.

Measuring the economic value of a city park system (2009) – This report by the Trust for Public Land identifies determining the dollar value of parks due to property value, tourism, direct use, health, community cohesion, clean water and clean air.

Quantifying the greenhouse gas benefits of public parks (2008) – This outlines the greenhouse gas benefits of adding green space to an urban area and introduces methodologies for estimating potential greenhouse gas reductions.

The conservation easement handbook (2005) – The Trust for Public Land and the National Land Trust Alliance collaborated on this handbook, the definitive resource for land conservation professionals developing a conservation easement program to meet local acquisition needs.

The economic benefits of land conservation (2007) – Prepared by The Trust for Public Land, this booklet includes original research and analysis from eight leading experts on the economic benefits of parks and conservation.

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