Tax incentives boost conservation needed to protect the environment

Source: The Hill (April 11, 2018) – A healthy environment plays a central role in ensuring the well-being of our country and our communities. That’s why protecting it for future generations is so important. Of the many ways we can safeguard our environment, land conservation has served as an especially important tool in preserving open spaces,…

Georgia Leads in Innovative Land Conservation

Considered by many as a founding father of wildlife ecology and land preservation, Aldo Leopold believed “conservation will ultimately boil down to rewarding the private landowner who conserves in the public interest.” The conservation movement he helped inspire is now debating the appropriateness of those rewards when the land is owned by a real-estate partnership. I labor on the front lines of this debate as the head…

Perspective: Cattle ranches are key to preserving Florida for all of us – Florida’s final frontier

By:  Jim Strickland, published in Tampa Bay Times (January 27, 2017)  – Beyond our beaches and theme parks lies a Florida still unknown to many — Florida’s ranchlands. Off the beaten track, these lands are our last frontier. I consider myself blessed to live and work as a rancher in this magical landscape we call…