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.
Update on Jim Stevenson one of our past FWF award winner
Last year Congress passed enduring legislation that extended the Charitable IRA Rollover incentive program for 2015 and future years.
The Protecting Florida’s Natural Resources Forever Map shows Florida’s Existing Conservation Lands (green) and those which can be acquired (i.e., Potential Conservation Lands in reddish)
The recent public video of individuals dragging a large shark from the back of a speeding boat, and other horrific videos depicting wildlife abuse, have rightly brought forth a tremendous outpouring of indignation.
New Book: Travels on a Green Highway: An Environmentalist’s Journey
To protect our coastal waters, we need a constitutional prohibition on oil and gas drilling and its associated industrial infrastructure. Remember that in 2009