Audio: Florida’s Land Conservation Program Gets Limited Funding In Hefty Budget
The Florida Forever Coalition’s current chairperson, Laurie Macdonald with the Defenders of Wildlife , was featured in an audio story from public radio in Naples, Florida.
Laurie Macdonald with the Defenders of Wildlife said now that the state’s economy is rebounding and there’s a budget surplus, lawmakers should be funding land and water conservation for the entire state.
Macdonald said it is disappointing that lawmakers only set aside $17 million for Florida Forever—$5 million of which went to deals with private landowners.
“The legislature has not kept pace in funding the Florida Forever program with the needs,” she said. “Development is on the rise again throughout Florida, but our protection of conservation areas throughout the state is not being funded commensurate with the need.”