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Conservation Efforts of Rancher Bud Adams Featured in Tampa Bay Times

posted on January 6, 2015 in Land Conservation

EAA crops irrigated with water pumped out of Lake Okeechobee in May, a time when Everglade Snail Kites had abandoned babies in the nests and fled the Lake due to low water.  The Hoover Dike is in the background. Photo by Dr. Paul Gray.Adams Ranch and the quest of rancher Bud Adams and his family to protect ranchland through conservation easements was featured by the Tampa Bay Times this past weekend in a major article. Click here to view.

Audubon Florida has been assisting Adams and other ranchers in building support for the purchase of ranchland easements, and Audubon’s participation in recent efforts at the December 2014 Cabinet meeting in Tallahassee are featured in the article.

Hundreds of thousands of acres of ranch land north of Lake Okeechobee are vulnerable to development pressures. Ranch conservation easements such as those purchased under the Rural and Family Lands program of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provide a practical and economically attractive mechanism for ranch families to remove development rights from the land. Ranch lands protected by easements in perpetuity provide important habitat for birds and wildlife.

Adams Ranch and Bud Adams received Audubon Florida’s “Sustainable Rancher of the Year” award for 2014.

1 Comment

  1. A fabulous profile of an icon of the Florida beef cattle industry, Bud Adams of Ft. Pierce, We have purchased Adams Ranch bulls for several years for our small commercial beef herd and I never miss the opportunity to attend the bull sales in person, nor to participate in the tour of the ranch. I never fail to learn something on those tours that is applicable to our 56-year-old small ranch, Myakka Valley Ranch, in Manatee County.

    Comment by Allan Horton, owner — January 7, 2015 @ 10:49 am

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