Our goal is to acquire all of the wilderness of Forever Florida. To date, we have acquired more than 90 percent of it. Acre by acre we are creating a 3,000-acre absolute sanctuary for native plants and wildlife.  There is no hunting or disturbing of any wildlife or habitats on Forever Florida. With the help of donations to the Allen Broussard Conservancy (or to Friends of Forever Florida, which is the “general membership” of the ABC), we are slowly but surely acquiring the remaining lots within the borders of Forever Florida.

Several threatened or endangered species line in the wilderness of Forever Florida. One interesting threatened species is “The Innkeeper of the Scrub,” the Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). It has earned that nickname because during Florida’s many wildfires and controlled prescribed burns, other species from rattlesnakes to rabbits find refuge in the gopher’s burrows, and some species – certain insects, a frog – live in the burrows full time. Forever Florida has many resident gopher tortoises in its drier habitats, including longleaf pine flatwoods, xeric oak hammocks, scrub, and dry prairies. Periodic fires play an important role in maintaining tortoise habitat by opening up the canopy and promoting growth of herbaceous food plants. If fires are suppressed, habitats may become unsuitable for tortoises. Today, land managers use prescribed fire to maintain tortoise habitats in Forever Florida.

Gopher tortoise resources:

Gopher Tortoise

“…Everything affecting the gopher tortoise’s habitat affects the tortoise and … eventually affects all other organisms in its ecosystem. Efforts to save the gopher tortoise are really a manifestation of our desire to preserve intact, significant pieces of the biosphere.

…We must preserve…the gopher tortoise and other species in similar predicaments, for if we do not, we lose a part of our humanity, a part of our habitat, and ultimately our world.”

—Dr. George W. Folkerts, Auburn University, Alabama

“If you do not understand it, you will not help to protect it”

Dr. William Broussard


Florida has a rich history, in both nature and society. The moment the Spanish set foot on the peninsula, Florida would be forever changed.


From the get go, honoring history and providing a glimpse into the heritage of the land we inhabited was important for us.


The day Allen told his father about his concerns at the disappearance of Florida’s natural beauty was one of the last days they would be together.


Help us conserve these beautiful wetlands by making a charitable donation today!