Ranchers, farmers and landowners in Southwest Florida have the option of being paid to help conserve panther habitat in the state.
The incentives are part of several programs managed by the Florida Natural Resources Conservation Service.
The Regional Conservation Partnership Program is led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
It will help provide landowners with financial and technical assistance for projects that improve land and land use practices in accordance with the Conservation Stewardship Program.
Landowners who wish to enroll in the program can do so by clicking on here. The deadline to apply is December 10th.
To be eligible, your property must be within the area shown on the map below.
All or some of the following counties are included in the map: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, De Soto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, Saint Lucia and Volusia. These areas have been identified as essential for the long term viability of the panther population.
For more information, you can also contact State Program Specialist Diana Avellanet at [email protected] or at (352) 338-9543.