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Feeling the Squeeze

Dear <<First Name>>,

What do you love most about wild Florida? Is it the wide-open scrub landscapes dotted with majestic pines and scraggly saw palmettos? Perhaps, the crystal clear springs that feed rivers that lazily stretch to the bays and the ocean? Or the mangrove islands that dance within vast stretches of salt marsh? All of these habitats face pressure from an ever-expanding population in our state unless we urgently and decisively foster their protection.
 
1000 Friends of Florida organization recently released “Florida 2070” (see link to report below). It predicts that Florida’s population will swell from 20 to 33.7 million people by 2070. It paints a picture of a state clogged with highways, cities and subdivisions. Development will intensify along the coasts and bleed into the center of the state, irrevocably altering many areas within a connected network of lands and waters necessary to sustain wildlife and people both now and in the future.  If we follow historical development trends, habitats will fragment and wildlife will become more isolated, potentially leading to unwanted interactions within urban places.
 
The Florida Wildlife Corridor presents a viable alternative to a “business as usual” scenario. The Corridor is a scientifically-based vision for strategically connecting and protecting wild areas. The Corridor does not restrict development but, rather, directs it away from the areas that are critical for wildlife, water supply and preservation of cultural heritage.
 
Planning agencies, developers and legislators are urged to use the Florida Wildlife Corridor as a tool for examining development from a larger, more holistic viewpoint. Development decisions made solely on a municipal scale and case-by-case basis may lack protection for important wildlife connections. You, as supporters of the Florida Wildlife Corridor, have a strong voice. Talk to your friends and family, your elected officials (Florida House  and Florida Senate) and your public servants about the places you love. Tell them that you want to fully fund Florida Forever and other land conservation programs to permanently connect and protect the Corridor and maintain the beauty that is wild Florida. Together, we can Keep Florida Wild!
 
Sincerely, 


Lindsay Cross
Executive Director

              
Lindsay Cross, Executive Director, discussed opportunities to connect and protect wild Florida with former Senator Bob Graham during the recent "Speak Up for Florida Forever" event in Jacksonville.
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Moderate projections indicate that by 2070, Florida’s population will reach approximately 33.7 million residents, close to 15 million more than in 2010.  What happens if Florida continues to develop as it has in the past, with development sprawling into rural and agricultural lands?  What will our state look like if we choose more compact development patterns closer to existing development, and protect more natural lands?

The University of Florida’s Geoplan Center, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and 1000 Friends of Florida have partnered on developing a series of GIS-based state and regional maps to explore these issues.  These include:

  • 2010 Baseline — showing existing development as depicted on the 2010 Census and Florida Property Appraiser data
  • 2070 Trend – depicting what happens if Florida accommodates 15 million new residents following existing development patterns
  • 2070 Alternative – highlighting the impact of accommodating the new residents in more compact development with greater protected natural lands
                             

Check out the Florida 2070 website

Find out for yourself what the future holds by visiting 
 www.1000friendsofflorida.org/florida2070. This interactive site includes an overview presentation, summary and technical reports and downloadable maps. Maps are available for the state and for the Panhandle, Northeast, Central and South Florida regions.

View the Florida 2070 PowerPoint presentation.

Source: 1000 Friends of Florida

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