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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Funding Florida's massive conservation program

Published April 8, 2008
Florida's $3 billion land acquisition program is the envy of conservation groups around the world. Over the past 10 years, Florida has bought and preserved more land than have the three most-populous states — California, Texas and New York — combined.

But cheers for the Florida Forever program have been mixed with sharp criticism this spring in Tallahassee, where the Legislature is debating whether to continue funding it for another decade.

The Legislature is weighing how much it can afford to spend on acquiring land at a time when school, health care and other vital services are facing major cuts.
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