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Endangered Species & Wildlife

Gopher Tortoise, Everglades Headwaters Cattle Ranch

Florida is home to more than 100 federally listed species as well as nearly 120 state listed species. ELC attorneys take a comprehensive and integrated approach to listed species recovery by ensuring that endangered species needs are considered… Read More

Public Lands Protection


Florida has nearly 10 million acres of public lands. These lands include National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, state parks and preserves, and state and locally funded conservation areas. Unfortunately, these lands are under increasing development pressure by private… Read More

Water & Wetlands Protection

Lake Russell, located within the Nature Conservancy's 12,000 acre Disney Wilderness Preserve, is one of the last remaining undeveloped lakes in central Florida. The lake, connected to Reedy Creek and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, is part of the headwaters to the Everglades. Disney Wilderness Preserve is a central component to the new Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge which the Nature Conservancy is helping create in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Historic Longleaf Pine savanas over low-lying understories of saw palmetto and wiregrass define much of the landscape, maintained my consistent fire management.

Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr / Carlton Ward Photography / www.CarltonWard.com

Wetlands are a major part of the South Florida Ecosystem. Yet, despite the federal and state “No Net Loss” mandate in the late 1980s, wetland loss continues to be a major issue facing south Florida. ELC attorneys have… Read More

Land Use & Sustainability

Photo by Patrick Cowan

Unsustainable land use practices continue to be a major threat to the environment. A recent study finds that if Florida maintains its current development pace, roughly 7 million acres will be converted to urban use by 2060. Of… Read More