Conservation

Conserving our natural places for future generations.

Part of what makes Central Florida so beautiful is the ample green space. Without our parks and conservation lands, Central Florida would be just like any other metropolitan area. With Orange County’s overwhelming support for Split Oak Forest on election day, we vow to defend our conservation lands.

Split Oak Forest

In 2019, the historic Split Oak Forest was threatened by a proposed project that would extend a roadway through the area, thereby destroying native habitats and wildlife. Orange County overwhelmingly voted to support a charter amendment protecting the 1,700 acre area, and renewing the pledge to hold it in conservation. The Split Oak Forest protections are a major victory for environmentalists in Central Florida and proof that conservation efforts are not in vain.

Florida 5 Petitions

A set of 5 crucial petitions, the Florida 5 aims to protect the right to clean water, Florida’s iconic species, Florida Wetlands, and put an end to captive wildlife hunting and the construction of new toll roads throughout the state. To learn more about the Florida 5, watch Commissioner Wilson’s discussion with Chuck O’neill.

Urban Forests

Establishing and maintaining urban tree canopies throughout Central Florida has shown to improve quality of life, reduce energy costs, and improve air quality. For detailed information about these and the many other benefits of our urban forests, you can read the 2017 Orange County Urban Forest Ecological Analysis here.

Local Environment

Central Florida is blessed with dedicated conservation areas and local leaders and volunteers who devote their time to protecting Orange County’s wild places.

Habitats

Conservation gives much needed habitat space for wildlife. As Orange County develops, wildlife is increasingly displaced. Providing specific areas for conservation allows wildlife to find a home and gives them much needed space to maintain Florida’s biodiversity.

Outdoor Activity

Dedicated Natural Lands are great for outdoor activities like hiking – and give people a chance to get up close and personal with the natural world.

Promoting Sustainable Landscapes

The plants you choose to plant in your yard can make a big difference in Florida’s environmental health. Including native Florida plants in your landscaping plan helps to keep invasive species from taking over, and provides pollinators and other beneficial species with food sources. Also important is limiting the use of chemical fertilizers to protect our water systems.

Multimodal Biological Control Practices

Controlling invasive species and mosquitoes throughout Florida is an important part of development and conservation. To limit the use of harmful chemicals, biological solutions utilizing native species can contribute to the restoration of Florida’s wild places. Algae blooms and fish kills triggered by nutrient pollution weakens our lakes and waterways and puts our native species at risk. Introducing species like grass carp, mosquito fish, and the native Florida Flagfish can solve multiple environmental issues at once, while making their surrounding ecosystems more stable. A greater reliance on natural solutions will limit the need for dangerous chemicals and make our state a safer place to live.

Meet Our Partners in Conservation

Florida Native Plant Society

The Florida Native Plant Society works to preserve Florida’s unique species of native plants while educating people on their importance to local ecosystems. FNPS aims to provide reliable, science-based information about native plants and conservation across Florida.

Oakland Nature Preserve

Oakland nature preserve is a 150-acre area of land dedicated to the preservation of native wildlife like the box turtle and educating guests about the importance of environmental protection. Dedicated workers and volunteers maintain the Oakland Nature Preserve for its visitors and wildlife. We are proud to partner with the ONP as they do the hard work on the front lines of conservation to educate, protect and preserve the wonderful wildlife of Central Florida.

Noah’s Notes

Noah’s Notes, Inc. is a secular 501C3 nonprofit environmental organization, with a mission to foster wildlife and habitat preservation by educating people to live sustainably and take action to save nature. Noah’s Notes fulfills its mission through education, advocacy, scientific research, regulatory and legal engagement, and in partnerships with other leading environmental and conservation organizations.

Ideas For Us

Ideas For Us is a nonprofit organization driven to engage creative solutions to environmental issues. Ideas For Us is dedicated to implementing grassroots solutions to sustainability in order to solve climate change, pollution, and conserve natural resources and wildlife. By initiating change at the local level, Ideas For Us believes that global change is within reach.