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A well-managed and operational Conservation Gateway is in our future! Marketing, Conservation, and Science have partnered on a plan to rebuild the Gateway into the organization’s enterprise content management system (AEM), with a planned launch of a minimal viable product in late 2024. If you’re interested in learning more about the project, reach out to for more info!
The Florida Peninsula Ecoregion consists of 18,885,657 acres. Because it lies entirely within the political confines of a single state, it is somewhat unusual among most ecoregions. Two large metropolitan areas, Orlando and Tampa, are prominent components of the landscape. The five largest managed areas are the Ocala National Forest (383,180 acres), Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (138,263 acres), Withlacoochee State Forest (128,750 acres), Green Swamp (119,365 acres) and Avon Park Bombing Range (106,110 acres). Most of the coastal areas are heavily developed, but much of the interior is still in rural land uses, including citrus cultivation and large cattle ranches. Florida has been fortunate to have had aggressive, well-funded, public land acquisition programs in place over the past four decades; including Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever, that have provided $300 million each year from 1991 through 2004 (and will continue through 2010) for natural resource and recreation-based land conservation.  Currently, Florida has more than 25% of its lands and waters in areas managed, at least partially, for conservation (i.e., managed areas).