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New Funding For Florida’s Conservation Lands

Erin Ragheb of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission aims to catch a Florida grasshopper sparrow as the sun rises over the Central Florida prairie. Photo by Amy Green

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Land conservation is getting $100 million in this year’s state budget.

Most of the funding, $77 million, is going to Forever Florida, which protects environmentally endangered lands. It is a big boost over last year, when it got nothing. But it used to get $300 million.

Aliki Moncrief of Florida Conservation Voters says environmental groups are pleased the funding follows the mission of a state constitutional amendment approved in 2014.

“Is the job done? Is this really fully refueling Forever Florida as voters had intended when they passed the Water and Land Conservation amendment? No. This is not a job done.”

Lawmakers are expected to vote on the $87 billion state budget within a few days.

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Amy Green

About Amy Green

Reporter and Producer

Amy Green covers the environment for 90.7 News. She is an award-winning journalist whose work has been heard on NPR and seen in PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor. She began her career at The Associated Press. Her book on the Everglades, under contract with Johns Hopkins ... Read Full Bio »