Federal program will pay SWFL ranchers to help panthers

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Florida Panther
FILE: The Florida panther via a file photo from the U.S. Geological Survey/ photo by Larry Richardson/FILE.

Ranchers in Southwest Florida may be able to get paid for helping the Florida panther.

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide technical and financial assistance for conservation practices that improve the Florida panther’s habitat through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

The deadline to join is March 26.

To be eligible, the operation must be in northeastern Collier County or southwestern Hendry County, areas identified as essential for the long-term viability of the panther population.

For more information in Collier, contact District Conservationist Derrick Wyle at 352-672-2630. In Hendry, contact District Conservationist Mitchell Aman at 863-674-5700.

This is a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project. Shaded areas in the map below are eligible.


RCPP CSP Panther Map pdf

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