SEBRING -Sebring's Rafter T Ranch has received Audubon Florida's 2013 Sustainable Rancher Award.
On Aug. 20, Darden Restaurants hosted a luncheon program with the Florida Cattlemen's Association, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Florida Audubon to discuss the environmental sustainability of the Florida cattle industry. Audubon and Darden Restaurants are recognizing ranchers who "take noteworthy actions to help restore the Northern Everglades. Rafter T Ranch has been a leader in the efforts to store and clean water on ranchlands in the Northern Everglades," states a news release.
"Jimmy Wohl and Rafter T Ranch are setting the standard for ranchland stewardship in the Northern Everglades. We at Audubon believe that innovative water management projects undertaken by ranchers and ranchland preservation are the key to restoration of ecosystems north of Lake Okeechobee," said Eric Draper, executive director of Florida Audubon, in the news release.
Through the Florida Ranchlands Environmental Services Project and the Northern Everglades Payment for Environmental Services Program, Jimmy Wohl has "installed improvements" on the 5,200-acre ranch to store and clean water before it runs into the watershed to Arbuckle Creek.
"His work shows how ranchers can make simple adjustments on working landscapes to maximize benefits for the environment," the news release adds.