The purpose of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. This blog presents ideas and information to further the cause of Florida's native plants and ecosystems.
Adams Ranch is a working cattle ranch with a long history of conservation. It is
the model of a successful ranch that is also protecting and preserving
environmentally sensitive lands. The ranch helps to preserve the rivers, swamps, marshes, prairies and wooded areas that are on its land, and in doing so protects critical habitat for native wildlife,
such as bald eagles, alligators, bobcats, turkey, hawks, owls, Caracara and so
Caracara, Donna Bollenbach/Photographer
owned business, established in 1937 by Alto Adams Sr, and his son Alto
“Bud” Adams, Jr., is committed to preserving the natural vegetation, wildlife
and its Florida heritage through environmental stewardship and a program of
total ranch management. The ranch has won numerous conservation awards
including awards from the Florida Audubon Society, Daughters of the American
Revolution, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
In a Tampa Bay Times article in 2015 by Michael Kruse, Florida rancher's wish: a legacy of his land pristine forever, paraphrases Bud Adams:"What Adams wants, here near the end, coming up on 89 years old, is for the ranch land that bears his name, some 40,000 acres spread over four Florida counties, to remain the way it is — for his children, for their children, for the children's children."
Come on this field trip to learn how a major agricultural
operation can maintain valuable native habitats while running a quality
cow/calf operation. Ranches are a major
component of natural connectivity in Florida, and this is a success story in
merging ranching and environmental sustainability.
Adams Ranch, Bud Adams/Photographer
Your leaders are Dr. Anne Cox and FNPS past president. LeeAnn Simmons
is a 4th generation rancher and part of the Adams family.