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The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is involved in protecting Florida’s natural areas by supporting local and state conservation land acquisition and management programs. 

Preserving land through public acquisition is one of the best ways to ensure that water resources, wetlands, unique upland areas, and wildlife habitat are protected in perpetuity. Public acquisition also allows for appropriate areas to be utilized for recreational opportunities, such as hiking, wildlife viewing, kayaking, and other compatible uses – all great activities for residents and visitors who love experiencing the outdoors. 

Local and state conservation lands provide innumerable benefits for the environment, economy and Floridian’s quality of life, and those benefits will become continually more vital as Florida’s population grows and development pressure increases. 

Florida is home to the one and only Everglades, the historic river of grass, containing vast landscapes filled with plants and animals found nowhere else on earth.  Southwest Florida is often referred to as the Western Everglades, and protecting the remaining undeveloped areas from inappropriate conversion to development or agriculture is one of the greatest challenges for the Conservancy. 

The Conservancy helps to identify priority land acquisitions opportunities in our region and advocate to local governments, the state, and elected officials on behalf of valuable conservation properties.  We also advocate for sufficient funding of local and state land acquisition programs, along with proper stewardship and access to the resources once properties are acquired. 

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