GAINESVILLE — 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 its habitat through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The signup deadline is March 26. This is a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project.
To be eligible, a producer’s operation must be in northeastern Collier County or southwestern Hendry County, areas identified as essential for the long-term viability of the panther population. Refer to the panther map for details.