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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Environmentalists step up efforts for funding in Florida despite downturn

Published May 27, 2008
Florida's acclaimed program for buying environmental lands managed to avoid the ax of a budget-slashing Legislature this spring.

The state's Florida Forever program and the decade-long Preservation 2000 program that began in 1990 have armed state land agents with $300 million annually. The two programs so far have purchased a combined 2.4 million acres.

Land bought by Florida typically becomes state forest, parkland, protected wildlife habitat or conservation corridors along ecological treasures such as the St. Johns River.

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