Florida is the land and water of our sunny
peninsula that abounds in wildlife and the flora that gave rise to
the state's name. The land's native people and later
colonists began the process of adapting it to their needs, but as
our population has exploded to nearly 18 million people and
technology allows us to increasingly alter the environment the need
for conservation is becoming critical.
Loss of wetlands and other native habitats to
development, efforts to stabilize water levels, and the impacts of
pollution, including introduction of non-native plants and animals,
are all changing what Florida is. If we want to
conserve the true value of what Florida is agencies, corporations,
citizens and visitors need to work together as stewards of our
living resources and the habitats that support them.
From the links on these pages, you can learn more
about the value of conservation and what you can do to help ensure
a healthy future for Florida's living essence.