Saving Florida. For Nature. For People. Forever.

The mission of the Conservation Trust for Florida is to work with landowners to save Florida’s wild and working landscapes for future generations.

The Conservation Trust for Florida envisions an interconnected landscape of natural and working lands spanning across the state. This network of land provides habitat for wildlife, space for outdoor recreation, forestry and agriculture. These lands ensure a healthy ecosystem, supporting nature and people – forever.

Property Preserved

The Barr Hammock Levy Prairie Preserve is part of the greenway that connects the Ocala National Forest to the Goethe State Forest. The Conservation Trust was a partner in the grant applications and assists Alachua County with field trips and educational programs at the Preserve.

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A Bold Plan

CTF is working to protect four main corridors. We work to connect the Ocala National Forest to Goethe State Forest, to Matanzas State Forest, to Osceola National Forest (O2O), and to Wekiva State Park. Our bold plans include connecting the Apalachicola National Forest to the Green Swamp.

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Events to Rally Support

Each year CTF hosts several events to gather friends and raise funds. The Dancing with the Bears Dance Party celebrated our 15th Anniversary and recent preservation of 155 acres in the Wekiva-Ocala Greenway. Funds raised support our land conservation projects.

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Reaching Out to Floridians

Landowners interested in leaving a conservation legacy need to know their options. We are eager to help our state’s property owners explore the many strategies and benefits that can help protect their property.

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In the News

Operations Assistant position available

  April 16, 2015

Do you have the talents and skills to join our team? We are looking for a part-time Operations Assistant to help manage our Gainesville, FL Continue reading

Strong Showing of Support at the Amendment 1 Rally

  February 19, 2015

Amendment 1 Rally in Tallahassee - photo by  John Moran

Conservation Trust for Florida President Susan Carr spent the day at the State Capitol along with hundreds of champions of conservation who gathered in Tallahassee on February 18 to tell legislators that Amendment 1 dollars must be spent on land and water conservation. You can help make sure they get the message.

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Take ACTION! Keep Amendment 1 Funding for Conservation

  February 4, 2015

Solitude at Sunrise • Silver River State Park. ©John Moran,

In November, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 1, the "Water and Land Conservation Amendment." This was an incredible win for conservation in Florida, but the victory will not be complete until elected leaders implement legislation that will fund land conservation using this dedicated stream of funding.

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Saturday, May 30th at 8:00am, Bugs, Leaves, and Dirt: Our second hike at the Levy Loop Trail is an up-close look at bugs, leaves, and dirt. Come hang out with us on an hour-long hike to locate all the things we can get our hands on to examine closer. We will learn what to touch and what not to touch as well as how to safely examine plants and critters up-close. Enjoy a complimentary Mosswood Bakery pastry before this hike.

RSVP to: Kimberly Tillman at or call 386-804-1389 by 5:00pm the day before the hike.
Barr Hammock’s Levy Loop Brochure:

What to wear and bring with you: Please wear closed-toe shoes. Light-weight comfortable clothing would be best for walking in the heat. Long pants or shorts are both appropriate for these hikes; the trail is mowed. Please bring a hat, water, sunscreen, bug spray, and binoculars if you have them.

This trail is on an open, mowed levee and is easy walking for little ones up to adults (including adults pushing large-wheeled strollers). Please note there are no restrooms on site.

Address and Directions: Barr Hammock Preserve, SE 11th Dr, Micanopy, FL 32667

From Gainesville: Take 441 South through Paynes Prairie. Turn right on Wacahoota road and pass over I-75. You will turn left on to SE 11th Dr. Follow the road to the end and turn into the parking area. We will meet at the kiosks.
From Micanopy: Take 441 North to Wacahoota road. Turn right and pass over I-75. Turn left on to SE 11th Dr. Follow the road to the end and turn into the parking area. We will meet at the kiosks.

About your leader:
Kimberly Tillman will be leading both of the hikes. Kimberly is a wildlife professional working in the conservation field of threatened and endangered wildlife and their habitats. She has spent 10 years in the woods with wildlife as well as leading nature tours and citizen science programs. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and teaching others about the wonders of nature.
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Jenn HubbsWe'll be unavailable that day, but I feel like you buried the lede by not mentioning the Mosswood Farm Store pastry first thing!! ;)12 hours ago

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