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Marion County Rural Land Management Plan Workshop
October 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Horse Country Protection Program
Visioning the Future of Marion County’s Farmland
At the October workshop, project partners Equine Land Conservation Resource and the
American Farmland Trust will share the benefits of a Rural Land Management Plan
and examples of successful plans from other communities.
After the public workshop, if the Commissioners decide to move forward
with developing a Rural Land Management Plan, it will include input from community
leaders, landowners and residents, as we work together to create a long-range plan for
the future of Marion County’s agricultural lands.
A Rural Land Management Plan is a plan for the entire rural area and all agricultural
industries. This plan will help balance growth and protect our rural areas. The horse
industry has an annual economic impact that exceeds $2.6 billion. The economic impact
of general agriculture is $1.4 billion. The Plan will help protect this $4 billion economic
impact that is directly related to Marion County’s rural landscape.
Public Workshop about Rural Land Management Plan
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, October 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM
LOCATION: McPherson Governmental Complex Auditorium, 601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala, FL
Horse Country Protection Program Description
The Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) is partnering with the Alachua
Conservation Trust (ACT) on the Horse Country Protection Program, an educational
initiative regarding the impact of urbanization on the economy, agricultural land, and
natural resources of Marion County.
The American Farmland Trust (AFT) is also providing program support from a national
perspective. Busy Shires Byerly is the Program Manager.
Thank you to our generous donors for supporting this project!
The Felburn Foundation, SJ Edwards Foundation, Quail Roost Foundation, and several private donors.