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  AWE is a Leading Partner in
Land Acquisition for Conservation

Florida is an amazing state with an abundance of natural beauty; welcoming beaches, historical sites and man-made attractions. It is no wonder the state is among the top ten states in the U.S. that people migrate to permanently. But overdevelopment to accommodate this influx is putting the  wildlifeand their habitats at risk. AWE is on a mission to remedy that.

why more land is needed in
Southwest Florida


People move to Florida every day.


Listed Wildlife species in SW FL

SWFL Regional Planning Council


Acres wetlands lost in SW FL since 2004 

Source: NOAA

AWE Advocates for Key Public Land Acquisitions

Florida Forever

The State of Florida has purchased more than 2.5 million acres for conservation and recreational purposes, under Florida Forever and its precursors. Because the State Legislature allocated little or no money to Florida Forever in recent years, 75% of Floridians approved a constitutional amendment in 2014 to keep Florida Forever funded. AWE campaigned aggressively in favor of Amendment 1.

AWE, along with its Corkscrew watershed partners Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and CREW Land & Water Trust, successfully applied to the State to add 2,800 acres to the 70,000-acre Corkscrew Watershed Florida Forever boundaries in 2016.

Conservation Collier

Collier County voters first approved a conservation land acquisition referendum in 2002 and then again by an overwhelming 82% in 2006. The County has purchased over 4,000 acres at fair market value. AWE drafted the first referendum and campaigned heavily for the second. AWE is planning for the next referendum in 2020.


Lee Conservation 20/20

Over 29,000 acres protected since 1996. A 2016 “Yes on 20/20” campaign by AWE and allies achieved 84% voter approval. Now, AWE is determined to protect the integrity of conservation purchases as the County Commission considers shifting purchases to stormwater control instead of natural area preservation.

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