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.
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.
In May, Meredith Barnard joined the Florida Wildlife Federation as the new Southwest Florida Field Representative.
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 future of menhaden, a critical forage fish species, is being decided soon. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has released menhaden draft Amendment 3 for public comment.
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Wildlife Federation today called on Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Florida Senate President Joe Negron to carry out voters’ will by including a proposal for funding the state’s conservation land-buying program in a special session of the Legislature.
The Championship Academy of Distinction Charter School in Pembroke Pines, Florida has been named the winner in the Florida Wildlife Federation's 8th Annual Kid's Wildlife Habitat Contest.
FWF Continues to Push Legislature To Do the Will of the People