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Program Pays Ranchers in Florida to Help Panthers

Diana Avellanet, State Program Specialist, 352-338-9543

Apply by December 10

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Nov. 9, 2021— Ranchers in Florida may be able to get paid for helping the Florida panther.

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide technical and financial assistance for conservation practices that improve its habitat through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The signup cutoff is December 10.

This is a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. To be eligible, please refer to the panther map for more details. All or portions of the following counties are included in the map: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, De Soto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie, and Volusia. These areas are identified as essential for the long-term viability of the panther population.

Refer to the Panther Map for details.

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