Florida Forever

Preserving Florida Forever

An investment in Florida’s Future

Florida Forever has been preserving natural Florida for more than two decades. Since 1990, more than 2.4 million acres of land have been preserved throughout the state by Preservation 2000 and the Florida Forever Programs. More than a million acres of sensitive land and water are still in desperate need of protection.

Some of the state’s best conservation photographers have focussed on lands slated for protection through the Florida Forever program, and we share some images here, as well as on our Missing Links page.

Although the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” remains true, these images also demonstrate the significance of the proposed acquisitions beyond words. They engender emotional responses. Through these connections, the images help Floridians understand the value of conserving and protecting natural resources. Beyond the scientific and environmental relevance of land preservation, the images prove the aesthetic value of these resources—their fundamental beauty, curious native species, and visual diversities.

Now, more than ever, our support of the Florida Forever Program is essential. The economic downturn has seriously impacted funding for the program. Only continued public insistence will ensure that Florida Forever continues to do its job for all of us and the generations to come.

Natural communities within the Garcon Ecosystem (Santa Rosa County) project include wet prairie, estuarine tidal marsh and wet flatwoods. The prairie community is species-rich and includes orchids and insectivorous plants such as pitcher plants, sundews, butterworts and bladderworts. Photo by Laurie Meehan-Elmer – selected for 2011 Florida Forever Calendar.