Saving Florida. For Nature. For People. Forever.

The Conservation Trust for Florida works with landowners to save Florida’s wild and working landscapes for future generations.

We find cooperative, innovative ways to protect land that forms wildlife corridors and provides food, clean air and water, and offers outdoor recreation opportunities for Florida’s residents and visitors.

We have protected over 10,000 acres since 1999, and, as the demand and urgency grows to protect Florida’s irreplaceable conservation lands, we are ramping up our pace. We are now leading conservation projects totaling over 100,000 acres.

Our projects stretch from the Florida panhandle to the Everglades and are guided by scientific research that identifies areas of highest priority. These large, statewide projects have global significance and will help protect some of the rarest habitats and species in the world. Read more about our projects >>

Cavern divers at Silver Springs

Love Florida’s springs? So do we.
Silver Springs Forest is now protected! It contributes to the long-term health of the springs that feed the Silver and Oklawaha rivers. Learn more. >>
Photo © John Moran.

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

CTF Accomplishments 2015

  December 21, 2015

On December 16, CTF's proud partners turn out to celebrate the brand new Silver Springs Forest acquisition. Preservation of this 4,900 acre tract connects the landscape and protects the watershed. This ceremony was a fine closing to a year of efforts to save Florida’s wild and working landscapes for future generations. Read all about CTF's active projects in the Year End Report, and and see how you can be a partner for Florida.

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Ocala Star Banner: Silver Springs Forest Acquisition a veritable bargain

  December 1, 2015

"The proposed purchase of the 4,900-acre tract known as the Silver Springs Forest is an environmental and economic coup that cannot be allowed to fail."

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CTF President Makes the Case for Acquisition of Silver Springs Forest

  December 1, 2015

In the Ocala Star Banner, November 8, Susan Carr shares the story of the Silver Springs Forest property purchase in the works. She explains that the "unfolding story of its acquisition is a prime example of what can happen when a conservation land becomes available for purchase."

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