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Florida's Wetlands

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The Wetlands are Florida's treasures. Yet we have lost nearly half of 20.3 million wetland acres since settlers began draining and diking wetlands in the 19th century, according to a U.S Fish and Wildlife Service report.  offsite link image Now, population growth threatens what remains. And those wetlands work hard for us, cleaning pollutants out of our water, storing it and controlling flooding. Coastal tidal salt marshes, mangrove swamps, inland southern swamps, freshwater marshes and riparian wetlands provide habitat for a vast array of rare plants and animals found nowhere else in the world.

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program helps preserve and restore this precious resource.  A landowner can sell a conservation easement to limit land uses, restore wetlands, protect wildlife habitat and prevent property development. Agricultural producers also conserve and protect water quality, reduce soil erosion and create wildlife habitat with financial and technical assistance from the Environmental Quality Incentive Program. See their some of their stories here.

John Snider chips in to harvest hay

The Snider farm is just three miles south from Little River Springs, which runs into the Suwannee River and then 70 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. See what this family is doing to preserve Florida's wetlands.

Dwayne House herds calves on Goodno Ranch east of LaBelle, Fla.

Businessman-Rancher Preserves Old Florida, Panther Corridor - Learn how a successful businessman turned rancher is keeping his land from development and protecting a panther corridor about eight miles east of LaBelle, Fla.

A Snowy Egret flies over Archbold Biological Station.

Wonders of Wetlands - Wetland Ecologist Becca Tucker’s photographs reveal the treasures usually hidden from the casual, occasional visitor to Archbold Biological Station north of the Everglades.

Mary's Creek wetland easement

Easements Preserve, Restore Wetlands - Archbold Biological Station has entered a third of its 3,648-acre reserve into easements to keep the land from development and restore previously drained wetlands.

 


Program Contact

Roney Gutierrez, state easement programs, 352-338-9502.