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NW Florida designated as a Sentinel Landscape

Conservation programs to protect millions of acres in the Florida Panhandle

by Margaret Willard

Approximately 7.7 million acres of the Florida Panhandle have been designated as a Northwest Florida Sentinel Landscape.

This designation, which benefits the Trust for Public Land, will coordinate federal, state and local programs to conserve working forests, farms, ranches and wildlife habitat around the nearby Eglin Airforce Base.

“By using USDA’s conservation programs to protect and enhance farmland, rangeland, forestland and grasslands around military installations, we can invest in critical water resources and wildlife habitat on working lands and support climate-smart agriculture, while also advancing military training and testing opportunities,” said USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Terry Cosby.

– Kelsey Sunderland, Florida Politics

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