Thank you to everyone for your generous support of the Conservation Trust for Florida's Farm to Fork Gala at the Santa Fe River Ranch Sunday, October 27th.
Special thanks to Alan Hitchcock, owner of the Santa Fe River Ranch, for hosting the event!
Your support, whether it is through sponsorship, program ads or attendance, translates into protection of our beloved state's natural, cultural and recreational resources.
The Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. is pleased to announce the award of a generous $5,000 matching grant from the SJ Edwards Foundation. CTF is raising $10,000 in funds for a 2 to 1 match of the $5,000 grant. Help us reach our goal and match the Foundation's generous contribution by making a generous contribution today. Funds will be used for staff professional development and for further development of the Board of Directors.
Heidi Horak, who presented and facilitated CTF's 8 workshops last summer as part of the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher grant, will be presenting the topic - Improving Landowner Understanding Using Interactive Learning - at the 2013 Land Trust Alliance (LTA) Rally in New Orleans! The Rally, the national land conservation conference, will be held September 17th to 19th.
This lively and interactive session will demonstrate and discuss the benefits of interactive learning for landowners using the POGIL method (process-oriented, guided interactive learning). This session is based on the successful implementation and good learning outcomes of 8 workshops held in north central Florida in the summer of 2012 under a USDA grant that was co-administered by the Conservation Trust for Florida and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Department. The session will start with a POGIL learning exercise where the attendees will “act” as landowners attending their first workshop on conservation easements. Thereafter, the method will be demonstrated through a new curriculum module where the outcome will be a group derived “top ten” list of outreach ideas using interactive learning. Finally, we will compare and contrast learning outcomes and discuss the benefits of using interactive learning in future landowner outreach workshops.
Another successful partnership of the NFWCP
Conservation Trust for Florida (CTF) and Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT) with help from other partners associated with the North Florida Wetlands Conservation Project (NFWCP) recently closed on an important 390-acre addition to the 1,900-acre complex of conservation lands known as Little Orange Creek Preserve. CTF, ACT, the Putnam Land Conservancy (PLC), and the City of Hawthorne are members of the Little Orange Creek Partners Land Management Committee.
The new acquisition will add high quality freshwater marshes in a core part of Fowler's Prairie to the existing network of protected wetlands and uplands along the Alachua-Putnam county border. The purchase was made possible with federal funds from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), and represents another successful partnership of the NFWCP to apply this funding source in the region.