WELCOME TO THE ALLEN BROUSSARD CONSERVANCY
Mission: The mission of the Allen Broussard Conservancy is to preserve and protect the fragile eco-systems of Florida’s native wilderness to provide a permanent protective habitat for wildlife, to maintain the historical ranching operation and to educate the public about the importance of conservation and the preservation of our unique ranching heritage.
People continue to migrate to Florida at substantial rates and our existing populations continue to grow. According to census estimates the population has already exceeded 18 million in 2010. Florida counties and towns that were once considered rural are now suburbs, and new communities are being created all the time. Florida leads the country in new residents from other states and is expected to continue to grow by leaps and bounds.
The native Florida wildlife is a resource, as are the state’s diverse, magnificent habitats, such a heritage is the foundation of the state’s economy, generating almost $34 billion in revenue and support 447,894 jobs (Florida Wildlife Commission). We must work together in a united effort to preserve and protect the fragile ecosystems of Florida’s native wilderness, to provide a permanent habitat for wildlife and to educate others about the importance of conservation. People will always achieve more when they join hands with communities, businesses and individuals who share a vision, especially in these difficult economic times. Won’t you join us in protecting Florida?
Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida consists of thirty-two hundred acres of undisturbed natural ecosystems: longleaf pine, wiregrass and palmetto flatwoods, slash pine and sable palm flatwoods, dry and wet prairies, scrub, cypress domes, hydric, mesic and xeric hammocks, a blackwater creek and sloughs, plus a two-hundredacre development consisting of a summer camp (CAMP ILLAHAW, a 3,300-foot FAA-approved airstrip, an animal exhibit area, a reconstructed homesteader cabin and two modern cabins. The Crescent J Ranch, a working cattle ranch with three endangered livestock breeds (Florida Cracker Cattle, Florida Cracker Horses and Santa Cruz Horses) and another heritage breed (the Foundation Herd of Charolais Cattle in North America) is owned by Dr. and Mrs. William J. Broussard, who intend to transfer it to the ABC at some time in the future.
The conservation land, Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida, is the instrument by which the ABC carries out two parts of its three-fold mission: preserving Florida’s natural environment and educating the public about the importance of conservation. The Crescent J Ranch is a living museum, educating visitors about Florida’s unique ranching heritage and the importance of preserving it – the third part of the ABC mission.