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Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 29th! Entering its fifth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. So as you prepare for the hustle and bustle this holiday season, consider joining the giving movement by making your donation to support the Florida Wildlife Corridor!

We champion the public and partner support needed to permanently connect, protect and restore the Florida Wildlife Corridor – a statewide network of lands and waters that supports wildlife and people. Our organization has trekked 1,000 miles across Florida – twice – to demonstrate the need and opportunity to connect wild places in Florida. 

Your support now is more important than ever as we focus on protecting critical land and water linkages most at risk within the Corridor and accelerating the rate of conservation in the state.
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Partner Progress

     State To Preserve Thousands Of Acres For Wildlife Corridors            

The State helped the Florida Wildlife Corridor take a few steps closer to closing some of the missing links last week! Governor Rick Scott and the state Cabinet agreed Tuesday to spend more than $22 million to preserve three pieces of land covering 14,000 acres, with much of the money coming from the Florida Forever conservation program.

The largest deal is located within Leon and Jackson counties, just south of Tallahassee. This was a $16.1 million deal for 11,027 acres of environmentally sensitive lands, which protects a major wildlife corridor and 10 different springs. It's in the Upper St. Marks River Corridor Florida Forever Project, ranked number 9 in the Florida Forever Critical Natural Lands project category.

The other two deals involve cattle ranches in Polk and Okeechobee counties, costing a combined $6.16 million which will be funded through the Rural & Family Lands Protection Program. That program, backed by Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, has become a more-common way in recent years for the Cabinet to protect land from future development.

Scott and the Cabinet agreed to pay $2.91 million to Lake Hatchineha Ranch, LLC for a 1,619-acre conservation easement in Polk County and $3.25 million to Pelaez and Sons, Inc., for a 1,410-acre conservation easement northwest of the city of Okeechobee.  Our friends at the Conservation Trust for Florida helped negotiate this purchase. Under the current Cabinet, the state has now used the Rural & Family Lands program for 30 purchases totaling 25,343 acres.

Land deals like these are very encouraging and support our mission to connect, protect, and restore the Florida Wildlife Corridor. We're energized by this progress and appreciate the decision made by the state to permanently protect these lands!

You can learn more about these recent land deals at WUSF News

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