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Florida Forever was created in 2001 to succeed the extremely successful Preservation 2000 conservation program. Under Florida Forever and Preservation 2000, Florida has protected more than 2.4 million acres of land.
To name just a few successes, Florida Forever has protected:
53,600 acres of springs and springsheds.
5,190 acres of fragile coastline.
300,000 acres of sustainable forest lands.
158,700 acres of working agricultural lands.
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Contact your legislators:
The 2010 Legislative Session has begun! It’s time to contact your legislators to let them know that you support Florida Forever and want to see the program funded this year.
Please e-mail or fax your legislators today and inform them of the following:
The continuity of Florida Forever is essential and limited funding ($4.8 million) is necessary for this purpose.
There has never been a better time to purchase high priority environmental lands in Florida. The recent economic downturn has provided historic opportunities for the state to be a smart investor in conservation and public recreation. Suspending or delaying Florida Forever projects will result in higher costs to taxpayers.
Funding Florida Forever this year will allow the state to purchase key connectors that complete projects twenty years in the making. These connectors are essential to finishing these long standing projects.
Funding for Florida Forever is necessary — and is consistent with the Legislature’s unanimous approval of the ten-year renewal of Florida Forever in the 2008 Session.
Governor Crist has included Florida Forever in his budget at $4.8 million. We encourage the legislature to follow the Governor’s example.
To write a letter to your elected officials, simply follow the link below and enter your address. You’ll be able to send an e-mail or a printed letter to your senators, representatives, and the Governor. Contact your elected officials
Pass a resolution:
Are the a member of a local club or organization? If so, consider passing a resolution expressing your organization’s support for Florida Forever. Just download our template for a sample resolution. Pass a resolution of support.
The Florida Forever Coalition is organizing all across the state. Our supporters organize events, hold regular meetings and act as local advocates for the Florida Forever program. Interested in signing up or just learning more? Send an e-mail with your name and contact information to
Host an event:
Do you belong to a local club or organization that is interested in land conservation, outdoor recreation or learning more about Florida Forever? If so, we’ll work with you to plan an event. We’ll provide handouts, information and even a speaker! You provide the audience. E-mail
to get started!
Write an op-ed:
Letters of support to your local newspapers are an easy way to educate your community about Florida Forever and to influence the opinions of local decision-makers. Whether you stress the benefit to communities, local economies, or wildlife habitat, letters of support are an effective way to make the case for Florida Forever. Visit our Florida Forever Talking Points for ideas on what to include. Below is the contact information for several major state newspapers:
The Miami Herald
The Orlando Sentinel
The St. Petersburg Times
The Tallahassee Democrat
Tampa Bay Online
Daytona Beach News Journal
Florida Forever Stories
"We have one of the most unique and endangered environments in these United States. We are home to one of the most unique marine mammals--the manatee. We have more year round manatees than any place in the world. And Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River is one of the most important cold weather refuges. We NEED the funds that have been promised to us to purchase the property and preserve it--not only for the manatees--but for our children and generations to come."
-Save the Manatee Club
Florida Forever Steering Committee
1000 Friends of Florida
Audubon of Florida
Defenders of Wildlife
Florida Recreation and Park Association
Florida Wildlife Federation
The Nature Conservancy
The Trust for Public Land
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