Corporate Sustainability is often defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
At Alico, sustainability is at the forefront of our beliefs and our focus on it shapes how we operate our company day to day. Alico has been around for generations and we are committed to managing it so that it is around for generations to come.
Alico’s employees are dedicated to annually producing the highest quality oranges that will be used to make not from concentrate orange juice. In order to consistently produce quality oranges, Alico focuses heavily on how to care for our orange trees and tend to the land to keep it productive for generations to come. Alico’s caretaking practices have been developed through decades of experience with a focus not only on today’s production but future production while at the same time protecting the environment.
Additionally, Alico has invested in automation and microjet irrigation systems with moisture sensors to manage water systems as efficiently as possible and to deliver water directly to our citrus trees. We have also equipped all of our spreaders and sprayers with Variable Rate Technology (tree sensors) that limit chemical and fertilizer use by applying the fertilizer or spray volume based on the size of the tree. Alico follows the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for Citrus which are designed to improve water quality while maintaining agricultural production. These Best Management Practices cover important areas such as nutrient management, irrigation management, and water resource protection.
Alico has a long history of working with state and local governments as well as environmental organizations to protect environmentally sensitive land.
In the late 1980’s, Alico transferred land that would become part of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW). This has become an important wildlife and environmental area. The CREW provides natural flood protection, water purification and critical aquifer recharge. The watershed also serves as important habitat for animal species such as the endangered Florida panther, snail kite and wood stork.
In 1986, Alico transferred land which became part of the Tiger Creek Preserve which is managed today by The Nature Conservancy.
In 1998, Alico transferred land which became the Okaloacoochee Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This area is important to the survival of several declining wildlife species, especially the Florida panther, wood stork, Audubon’s crested caracara, snail kite, American swallow-tailed kite and sandhill crane.
In June of 2008, Alico worked with the Board of County Commissioners of Collier County to designate 3,699 acres of Alico’s land as a Stewardship Sending Area to help support the counties preservation efforts.
In September of 2013, Alico entered into an easement agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture ("USDA"), through its administering agency, The Natural Resources Conservation Service, on approximately 11,600 acres of Ranch and Conservation land located in Hendry County, Florida. The easement bars commercial development on the property in perpetuity. The property was enrolled in the Wetlands Reserve Program designed to restore, protect, and enhance the values of the wetlands and for the conservation of natural resources.
Additionally, in 2019, Alico sold 5,534 acres to the State of Florida to support the Devil’s Garden Florida Forever project. Florida Forever is Florida’s premier conservation and recreation lands acquisition program, a blueprint for conserving natural resources and renewing Florida’s commitment to conserve the state’s natural and cultural heritage.
The 5,534 acres Alico is comprised of 3,233 acres of uplands and 2,301 acres of wetlands. In purchasing the land, Florida Cabinet staff analysis noted, “"The long-term stewardship of the landowner is evident through the diversity of ecosystems and resource integrity found throughout the western portion of the project area."
Specifically, this property will help the State of Florida:
- Provide a natural habitat to several threatened native plant and animal species, and has numerous recorded sightings of the Florida Panther;
- Adjoin the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail; and
- Provide a critical flow of water to the natural systems of Fakahatchee Strand and Big Cypress Preserve