The Central Florida Regional Planning Council (CFRPC), with support from the Highlands Soil and Water Conservation District, held the inaugural Landowner Assistance Expo 2019 (LAX2019) at the Bert Harris Jr. Agriculture Center Auditorium in Sebring. The Expo brought together 17 presenters and exhibitors from local, state, federal, and non-governmental organizations who support landowners by providing cost-share, technical assistance, and conservation easement opportunities.
With diverse presentations covering wildlife conservation, alternative crops, farm loans, tax preparation, efficient water use and more, there was a little something for everyone. In addition, private landowners with experience in the various programs were honored guests as they provided firsthand knowledge of program usefulness. Attendees were excited about the variety of programs discussed and the fast-paced format that encouraged brief overviews of the programs while allowing ample time for networking and visiting specific exhibits. Based on the positive feedback from presenters and attendees, LAX 2019 was a success and the Central Florida Regional Planning Council is planning for an expanded LAX 2020.
LAX2019 was held in support of the Central Florida RPC’s coordination of the Avon Park Air Force Range Sentinel Landscape Partnership. The Partnership brings together the U.S Departments of Defense, Interior, and Agriculture to support working lands, conservation efforts, and the military training mission by encouraging compatible development around the Avon Park Air Force Range. The Partnership also includes many non-federal members who all share a common goal of responsible stewardship and effective management of the region’s natural resources.