- Organization Name:Allen Broussard Conservancy
- Address:4755 N Kenansville Rd
Saint Cloud, FL 34773
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.
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.
Welcome to the Allen Broussard Conservancy
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.
In 1990, William and Margaret Broussard founded the Allen Broussard Conservancy as a tribute to their son, who lost his life at age 29, from an infection after heart transplant surgery needed from resulting damage from chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease at age 19. Allen was a conservationist and friend of Florida, forever. The Allen Broussard Conservancy (ABC), a 401(c)3 Florida Not-for-Profit Scientific Corporation, owns the conservation area known as Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida, a piece of Florida wilderness adjacent to and accessible through the CRESCENT J RANCH.
Long before cattle ranches, theme parks, or highways developed regions in Central Florida, the land was home to a wide variety of animal life. Even as Florida became more populated, large sections of Central Florida remained undeveloped due to the lack of roads. One of the few industries in the area was Consolidated Naval Stores, which harvested lumber throughout the Bull Creek area. By the 1940′s, Consolidated Naval Stores had completely harvested the local forests and ceased operations. They left the land barren, even disassembling the houses used for the workers.
In the 1950′s, a Miami-based land consortium began selling plots of land in the Bull Creek area to unsuspecting real estate speculators. The lots of land were sold for approximately $5,000 each. Unfortunately for the hundreds of purchasers, the land was zoned agricultural and lacked access roads. Essentially it was worthless for any form of commercial development, and reverted back to its wilderness state. As the surrounding land became more developed, these parcels of land became the sole source of refuge for a variety of animals and birds.
It was to this open range that Bill and Margaret Broussard came in 1969. Originally from a Louisiana ranching family and trained as a physician, Bill came to Florida following eight years of military service to establish a medical practice and get back into ranching. The Broussards set out to create a fitting tribute to their son Allen’s legacy (link to Allen’s story) and in 1990 founded the Allen Broussard Conservancy.
- Year established:1990
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:Operating
Types of funding being sought (i.e. funding type)
- None specified
Program areas of focus and activity (i.e. funding cause)
- None specified
Geographic areas of focus and activity (i.e. geographic area)
- None specified