Conservation 20/20 preserves with cattle licenses often consist of overgrown agricultural fields or improved/unimproved pastures installed by previous landowners. Where and when feasible, the goal is to restore these areas to more “natural” plant communities and functioning ecosystems. In the meantime, before restoration work begins, grazing is a useful management tool to reduce overgrown vegetation and control invasive plants. 


Hog trapping

Hog trapping by our cattle licensees has recently been added to our License Agreement for Cattle Grazing. As long as hog trapping is approved by the land stewardship coordinator and the licensee holds the necessary permits while following established procedures, hog traps may be used to remove feral hogs. Benefits include:

  • Reduced damage to vegetation food sources for cattle
  • Reduces the spread of invasive exotic plants
  • Reduced feral hog populations
  • Reduced management budget expenditure to hire contracted trappers
  • Decreased possibility of spreading parasites and bloodborne diseases (i.e. brucellosis) to livestock and humans

Public access

Preserves with public access and an active cattle lease will include signage posted at the entrance to alert visitors to the presence of cattle. Visitors will be expected to not feed or harass livestock.

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attle grazing on Conservation 20/20 preserves

Requirements & fees

  • If you are interested to lease Conservation 20/20 land for cattle grazing, you must carry premises liability insurance coverage and the Lee Board of County Commissioners must be listed as a certificate holder (see License Agreement for Cattle Grazing)
  • We currently charge $1/acre for improved (fallow agricultural fields & improved/unimproved pasture) and 50 cents/acre for native range (vegetated natural areas)

Contact information/waitlist

Currently, there are no open/unleased parcels available for grazing. However, as properties become available, we will contact individuals who have added their names to our waitlist. Depending on your grazing needs (acreage, location, vegetation type, fencing conditions, etc.) and your position on the waitlist, it may be some time before a grazing parcel becomes available to meet your requirements.

For any questions, and to add your name to our waitlist, please contact:

Mickey Miller
239-229-0522
mmiller2@leegov.com