2,526 Acres Conserved, Adding to Florida Wildlife Corridor Posted by South Central Florida Life

Posted on September 15, 2023

OKEECHOBEE — Conservation Florida, a dynamic leader in statewide land conservation, in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Department of Defense, has permanently conserved the 2,526-acre Role Tran property (previously known as Triple Diamond Ranch) in Okeechobee County. This protection project further links the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

Partial funding was allocated from the state’s Florida Forever program. Funding for this project was approved in January 2023 by Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet in its role as the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund.

“The conservation of land to create a conserved wildlife corridor spanning our state is not only necessary for wildlife such as the Florida panther, black bear, and gopher tortoise, but also for protecting our water, economy, and way of life,” said Traci Deen, CEO of Conservation Florida. “We’re grateful for our partners at FDEP and DOD, as well as the Lightsey family, for conserving a piece of the corridor puzzle that furthers so many important conservation priorities for Florida.”

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