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Florida Springs Council Supports Florida Conservation Coalition Plan for Florida Forever Funding


Florida Springs Council Supports Florida Conservation Coalition Plan for Florida Forever Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dan Hilliard

President, Florida Springs Council

352-527-0023

Heather Obara

Secretary-Treasurer, Florida Springs Council

386-454-2427

February 24, 2017

HIGH SPRINGS, FL – At their semi-annual meeting in High Springs on February 17, 2017, the Executive Committee of the Florida Springs Council voted unanimously to support a proposal by the Florida Conservation Coalition for the Legislature to dedicate 25 percent of Florida Water & Land Legacy Amendment (Amendment 1) funds to the Florida Forever program in 2017.

“We enthusiastically support this proposal because funding conservation and recreation land purchases through Florida Forever is one of the very best ways to protect our first-magnitude and other Outstanding Florida Springs,” said Council President Dan Hilliard. “And when we protect the springs, we also protect the aquifer that sustains us.”

A consortium of 40 groups with a collective membership of over 155,000 Floridians, the Springs Council’s mission is to ensure the restoration, preservation and protection for future generations of Florida’s springs and the Floridan aquifer that sustains those springs and provides our drinking water.

Florida Forever has been the state’s premier conservation and recreation lands acquisition program since 2001. The program enables the state to buy properties that have been prioritized by the Acquisition and Restoration Council and the Florida Communities Trust.

For more information about this action or the Florida Springs Council, call Hilliard at 352-527- 0023 or FSC Secretary-Treasurer Heather Obara at 386-454-2427.

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