We are a non-profit organization specializing in conservation planning and policy, land management, land protection, research, education and outreach. We work on conservation projects throughout Florida. The organization is under the leadership of its Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
Wildlands Conservation’s mission is perhaps most succinctly expressed in its name. That’s what this organization has been about since its inception in 2003. It is not our mission to either advocate or oppose activities that are perceived as threatening Florida’s wildlands, nor has it ever been. We see agriculture and sustainable development as vital to a thriving Florida economy, and we realize that conservation of Florida wildlands will not occur without a thriving Florida economy. We strive to work with landowners and others around the state to maximize conservation and minimize impacts, which can be very costly to that landowner. Unlike for-profit organizations, we invest every dollar earned back into the conservation of wildlands.
Our tools for conserving wildlands involve all the vocations listed above: environmental education, land management, directed research, and landscape level planning. Our list of achievements reflects all of these. For example, we
- Assume responsibility for thousands of acres of conservation lands in the form of easements, assuring that each remains in conservation and is managed appropriately forever
- Teach certification classes for FWC Gopher Tortoise Authorized Agents, as well as educational seminars on herpetofauna, birds, and Florida wildlife in general;
- Perform assessments of public and private properties for permitting and management of State and Federally Protected Species
- Conduct long- and short-term directed research on various aspects of Florida Ecology – funded by grants, federal, state, and local governments;
- Provide internships through universities to provide hands-on training to the next generation of conservation biologists
- Advise conservation investors and state and local environmental acquisition programs to lands that are critical to completing the links of conservation land that expand across our state.