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Climate Resiliency in Florida, Alabama & Georgia

Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District has helped landowners on approximately 3,000 acres address climate change concerns in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin and Ochlockonee River Basin. Growers in this region provide food, fuel, forest products and fiber, but in the last few decades, fluctuations in climate patterns have challenged sustainable natural resource management. The conservation district and more than 30 multi-state partners have helped landowners and producers implement conservation practices to conserve water and improve water quality, soil health and wildlife habitat.

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin stretches from the base of the Appalachian Mountains in north Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida Panhandle. The ecological Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin and adjacent Ochlockonee River Basin is characterized by its karst geography where groundwater and surface water are strongly linked. These rich and diverse landscapes host the largest diversity of fish species east of the Mississippi River, and the highest diversity of reptiles and amphibians in the United States (Couch 1996). These species include six federally listed mussels and the threatened Gulf sturgeon. Additionally, 16 aquatic species have been state listed in Florida, Georgia and Alabama as threatened, rare or of special concern, including Alabama shad, Halloween darter, Bluestripe shiner and Shoal bass. 

Partner efforts have also focused on outreach and education among producers to improve conservation practices that improve resiliency, particularly among peanut farmers—the most prevalent crop in the region-- partnering with the Georgia Climate project to represent agricultural practices and raising awareness of conservation practices as solutions to climate issues among environmental leaders in the state. The project began in 2017 and is ongoing.

Climate resiliency in Florida.

Partners

Florida Department of Agriculture
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences  
Wakulla County Soil and Water Conservation District
Leon County Soil and Water Conservation District
Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District