Founded in 1999, NFLT
has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through donation or purchase of land as well as conservation easements.
The O2O project is a more than 100-mile long wildlife corridor NFLT
and their partners are creating to connect wildlife in Ocala National Forest in Central Florida to Osceola National Forest in North Florida by way of existing protected areas like Camp Blanding.
"The citizens spoke out about wanting to preserve this environmentally sensitive land which is also an important part of Florida history and now we are asking the community to let Florida's Cabinet know how important it is to them to preserve Fish Island," said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT
Guthrie joined NFLT
first as a part-time employee through a partnership with Talbot Islands State Parks and became a full-time stewardship manager in 2014.
was interested in leasing the 5,700 square foot building from the City of Jacksonville because they have outgrown their current office in Riverside.
was founded in 1999 and has protected thousands of acres of environmentally significant land including property at Big Talbot Island, the River Branch Preserve, Pumpkin Hill, Keystone Lakes Area, Sixmile Creek, along the St.
"This particular piece of property is beautiful maritime hammock forest and salt marsh, which is a good, local fishery habitat and will serve as a good replacement for the contaminated (submerged) site," said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT
. "This really worked out for the best for everyone involved and this land will now be part of the state park for future generations to enjoy."
's Preservation Portfolio identified the most valuable 112,346 acres of land in critical need of preservation within the organization's seven-county focus area.
will manage the property for forestry and wildlife, and practices such as prescribed burns will benefit populations of fire-dependent species like the gopher tortoise and Bachman's sparrow.
DeFoor and Barker join a diverse group of professionals from throughout North Florida who serve on NFLT
"These conservation easement acquisitions mean we have been able to keep thousands of acres free from high intensity development in perpetuity," said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT
. "These are the largest conservation easement acquisitions North Florida Land Trust has been able to accomplish at one time in all of our 19-year history.
"One of our major accomplishments in 2017 was initiating the O2O corridor project, which is an effort we are leading to protect and enhance lands between the Ocala and Osceola National Forests," said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT
. "We were recently awarded more than $3.5 million in federal funding to help accomplish our partnership goals.