The Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. is excited to announce that the Governor and Cabinet approved the option to purchase a conservation easement on 1,536 acres of the Adams Ranch on Tuesday, December 9th!
The Conservation Trust facilitated a joint acquisition project for the Florida Forest Service and the Natural Resource Conservation Service to purchase the conservation easement on the ranch.
Adams Ranch, Inc. is the 12th largest cow/calf operation in the United States. Their 24,000-acre Lake Marian Ranch lies in the heart of the recently authorized Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. This refuge seeks to protect the imperiled habitats and rare species of the Northern Everglades, much of which is on some of Florida's largest ranches.
Adams Ranch not only manages a world-class cow/calf operation, but they are also tremendous stewards of a native landscape of hammocks, southern longleaf pine flatwoods, rare dry prairie, and a landscape-sized wildlife corridor connecting other managed lands.
In the Summer 2014 issue, read how the CTF continues to be on the forefront of landscape-scale conservation in Florida. You'll learn about a conceptual framework for a network of protected lands that would join the Ocala National Forest to the Matanzas River. You'll also see how CTF helped facilitate Florida's purchase of 156 acres on the St. Johns River to connect the Wekiva River and Ocala National Forest. We invite you to make conservation history with us. Please give to the Conservation Trust today.
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As the Conservation Trust for Florida approaches its 15th Anniversary, there is a sense of urgency to act, and our new Case Statement describes how and why.
Over the next 5 years the CTF will engage private landowners in some of the most critical conservation areas of the state, and work to bridge conservation and private lands to protect Florida's diverse wildlife, agricultural heritage, outdoor recreation opportunities and quality of life.
Conservation Trust for Florida’s FREE Barr Hammock Preserve Family Nature Club Valentine’s Hike
Led by Gainesville Ecotours, photos by Terri Mashour
Gainesville Ecotours led a Family Nature Club “Alphabet Hike” for children at the Barr Hammock Levy Prairie Preserve on Saturday, February 15, 2014. The event was sponsored by the Conservation Trust for Florida. Sixteen parents and 22 children set out to find, “A is for Ants, Alligators, and P is for Plants!” The preserve is owned by Alachua County, but the Conservation Trust for Florida and Alachua County partner to provide outreach activities at the preserve.