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How to apply for Rural and Family Lands

the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program

Protection Program
The Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services Florida For-
est Service will accept applications for
review during an application review Jennifer Reed
cycle. The Florida Department of Ag- Rural Lands Coordinator
riculture and Consumer Services will (850) 681-5828
announce the opening of the applica-
tion review cycle and specify the appli-
cation deadline. Applications can be ob-
tained at Florida Forest Service
Please check the website or contact 3125 Conner Boulevard
the Florida Forest Service at (850) Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1650
681-5828 to find out when the next Rural and Family Lands
application review cycle opens.
Program forms and information are Protection Program
available from the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services
Florida Forest Service.

Protecting Floridas Agricultural Lands

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services, prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and ac- Into the Future
tivities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where
applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual
orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a
part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program.

Statutory Reference: Sections 259.105, 570.70, and 570.71, Florida Statutes

& Rule Chapter 5I-7, Florida Administrative Code
What is the Rural and Family Lands What are the benefits of RFLPP What are the eligibility
Protection Program? conservation easements? requirements for RFLPP projects?
Created in 2001 by the Florida Legisla- RFLPP projects must protect the in-
ture, the Rural and Family Lands Pro- tegrity and function of working land-
tection Program (RFLPP) is adminis- scapes, ensure opportunities for agri-
tered by the Florida Forest Service, a cultural activities on lands threatened
division of the Florida Department of by conversion to other uses, and meet
Agriculture and Consumer Services. at least one of the following public
Since its inception, the program has purposes:
acquired perpetual conservation ease- Perpetuate open space.
ments on Florida ranches and farms to Protect, restore or enhance water bodies.
protect rural and working agricultural RFLPP conservation easements are Buffer natural areas, functioning eco-
lands threatened by development. designed to meet multiple needs, including: systems, and military installations.
Promote restoration and enhance-
Protecting valuable agricultural lands.
ment of species habitat.
Protecting natural resources.
Creating easements that work with
agricultural production.
Protecting the environment.
Promoting the economic viability
of agricultural operations.
RFLPP easements allow landowners to Ensuring sustainable agricultural
continue to work the lands, keep the practices.
property on the tax role, and remain
agriculturally sustainable.
Differing from well-known Florida ac-
The Rural and Family Lands Protection
Program offers a unique opportunity quisition programs, such as Florida
for Florida's land owners to preserve Forever, this agricultural easement
agricultural land use while helping to program recognizes that a thriving rural
protect our states precious natural re- economy with a strong agricultural
sources, said Florida Commissioner of base and viable rural communities is
Agriculture, Adam H. Putnam. essential to Floridas future.