Preservation 2000 Passes Million-Acre Mark

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The state's Preservation 2000 land-buying program has hit a

milestone.

Virginia Wetherell, secretary of the Environmental Protection

Department, informed Gov. Lawton Chiles and the Cabinet

yesterday that the state has acquired more than 1 million acres

of land.

"I don't think there is any other program like this in the

whole world," Wetherell said.

The program, started in 1990, has spent $1.7 billion purchasing

land for conservation, recreation, protection of water resources

and wildlife preservation.

The project that put the acquisitions over 1 million acres was

the 1,576-acre Annutteliga Hammock in Citrus and Hernando

counties.

A proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot

would allow the state to continue issuing bonds indefinitely for

the program.

SHOW TIME: Adam Herbert made his debut before the Cabinet as

chancellor of the state university system yesterday.

Herbert, former president of the University of North Florida,

presented the budget request for the system.

The bottom line: He wants $230 million more next year to

enhance programs, serve more students and improve salaries.

The Cabinet will forward the request to the Legislature, which

will decide how much the universities get.

LONELY REPUBLICAN: Comptroller Bob Milligan is the only

Republican at the statewide level to get the endorsement of the

Florida Consumer Action Network.

The group, which lobbies on consumer and environmental issues,

endorsed Democrats Buddy MacKay for governor, Peter Wallace for

education commissioner, Karen Gievers for secretary of state,

and U. …