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Conservation Easement Program Sign up Deadline in Florida is June 30

Dan Florida, Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), USDA-NRCS

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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) wants to remind Florida landowners interested in aligning their land uses with conservation values, June 30 is the deadline to apply for a conservation easement program for fiscal year 2023 funding.

This project, through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), is designed to protect the Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor. The O2O Wildlife Corridor is a 100-mile-long, 1.6-million-acre, landscape of public and private lands that connect the Ocala and Osceola National Forests.

While applications for U.S. held easements are accepted and evaluated by NRCS and NFLT year-round; applications received after June 30th, 2023, will be considered for the following fiscal year, as funding allows.

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Landowners interested in conserving their land in partnership with NFLT, the O2O Partnership and NRCS, are urged to contact:

Heather Barnes, NFLT O2O Coordinator, at hbarnes@nflt.org or (904) 579-1967.

Michael Ruiz, NRCS RCPP-Easements, at michael.ruiz@usda.gov or (352) 338-9566.