Panther Passage Conservation Bank

Endangered Florida Panthers Find a New Passage to Conservation

Long relegated to the dwindling natural lands of South Florida, the Florida panther has a new hope to restoring its population numbers. Scientists and environmentalists have long acknowledged for the species to make a comeback from the brink of extinction it would be necessary to create a wildlife corridor extending North of the Caloosahatchee River.  The 4,010 acres in Panther Passage Conservation Bank being restored and preserved is owned by Floraland Dairy Inc.  Floraland has owned and operated the property for over 50 years and is the sponsor of the Panther Passage Conservation Bank that shall provide the critical linkage to this conservation puzzle.  “Floraland have been long term stewards of the land and the environment and are proud to play an important role in the recovery of the panther” according to George Milosevic of Floraland.

With approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Panther Passage has positioned itself to be the preeminent panther habitat conservation bank of Southwest Florida.  The location of Panther Passage Conservation Bank, inside the panther dispersal zone, provides a strategic advantage not only to the survival of the Florida panther, but to the success of the business venture that will preserve these lands.  The size and location of the conservation bank generates a large supply of panther habitat credits, providing the most affordable mitigation options for the region to balance conservation goals with sustainable development.

Conservation Credits Provided:

  • Panther Habitat Units


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