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Florida Governor Recommends $53.55 Million in State Conservation Initiatives for 2022-’23

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission sealRon DeSantis’s Freedom First budget for fiscal year 2022-2023 reaffirms the Republican Governor’s commitment to the high-priority of Florida conservation, including red tide research and manatee rescue. The Freedom First budget is now before the Florida legislature for approval. 

Of the $53.55 million total package for conservation, the Governor recommends $17.5 million to additional wildlife-enforcement officers, equipment and operations. Other conservation highlights of the DeSantis Freedom First budget include:    

  • $3.8 million for manatee care, rescue and mortality response
  • $750,000 for coral reef recovery
  • $3.2 million for land additions and a land-use planning program
  • $3 million for restoration of lakes, rivers and springs
  • $4 million for expanding mechanical control for invasive plant management
  • $7.2 million for increased boating access and safety
  • $9.9 million to combat invasive species
  • $4.2 million for continued red tide research




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