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.
Florida is the land and water of our sunny peninsula that abounds in wildlife and the flora that gave rise to the state’s name. The land’s native people and later colonists began the process of adapting it to their needs, but as our population has exploded to nearly 18 million people and technology allows us to increasingly alter the environment the need for conservation is becoming critical.
Florida’s wildlife and human population are encountering each other more often than ever before. As humans develop more open space and wildlife habitat is reduced and fragmented, encounters between humans and wildlife become more common. For most people, observing wildlife is a thrilling experience, but when an animal causes damage or attempts to share your living space, that thrill can turn to irritation or fear.
Loss of wetlands and other native habitats to development, efforts to stabilize water levels, and the impacts of pollution, including introduction of non-native plants and animals, are all changing what Florida is. If we want to conserve the true value of what Florida is agencies, corporations, citizens and visitors need to work together as stewards of our living resources and the habitats that support them.
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, Forever Florida, Ziplines and Adventures in the Wild, 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.