ORLANDO, Florida – When governments propose actions that involve sabotaging past public investments, the phrase that comes to mind is clear: mismanagement. And this is the clear case with the Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area, a 1,689 forest created in 1994 when Orange County, Osceola County, and the
Florida’s natural areas (what we call Gems) face ever-increasing threats from rampant development, water pollution, and climate change, but investments in conservation and management can ensure healthy natural areas and communities for years to come. According to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida welcomes nearly 1,000 new residents every day.
Lake Wales Ridge is one of the most biodiverse areas in North America – and also one of the most threatened. Consisting of numerous sites, the Lake Wales Ridge Ecosystem project includes the best remaining tracts of natural scrub. The Lake Wales Ridge Florida Forever project includes a total of