A view of Clay Ranch

Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 5:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 5:59 p.m.

Comprising nearly one-fifth of Florida's land mass, cattle ranches are seen as important to future conservation. Many ranches — such as the Clay Ranch in Putnam County, pictured here — protect water resources and serve as home for natural wildlife habitats. Situated between the Ocala and Osceola National Forests, the Clay Ranch is seen as important in creating the Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor. This image comes from the 2010 Florida Forever conservation photography calendar, the fourth annual calendar published by the Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC). It is a collaborative work featuring 12 of the state's leading nature photographers, including Gainesville's John Moran, Mac Stone and Eric Zamora, and is focused on a selection of Florida's vulnerable but spectacular landscapes.

Nature photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. is a LINC founder and eighth-generation Floridian and author of "Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier."

The Florida Forever 2010 Conservation Photography Calendar is available for $15 from the University Press of Florida at www.upf.com or (800-226-3822).

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