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As a private landowner -- farmer, rancher, forester, businessperson, hunter or conservationist - you know more about your Florida land than anyone else. You know the wild animals and plants keeping your land healthy and brimming with life. Your land may have been passed down through generations of your family. Or perhaps you are beginning the tradition of letting your children and grandchildren inherit your land and all its natural beauty and value. More than half of Florida’s land area is held in private ownership.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recognizes the critical role that private lands play in providing sustainable wildlife populations and wildlife habitat.

The Landowner Assistance Program, housed within the Office of Conservation Planning Services at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, has a history of cooperative working partnerships with private landowners and managers. We can help you with measures to conserve wildlife and habitat, while keeping your land productive for many agricultural and recreational uses.

Your landowner stewardship is beneficial not only to you but to your neighbors, community and state. What you decide to do as a land steward can have a tremendous beneficial effect on the chances that our wild Florida, so intertwined in our lives and economy, will survive into the future.


Ranch Fire

Using fire on Blackbeard's Ranch to maintain the land's legacy as a home for native wildlife.

Private Landowners

Two landowners talk about their partnership with the FWC and their success in restoring longleaf pine habitat.