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.

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 the projects >>

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

Tell Legislators: Fund the Rural & Family Lands Protection Program!

  June 4, 2015

With the political fate of Florida Forever in the spotlight, there is less attention paid to the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program. This program is administered through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and compensates willing landowners who agree not to develop their land. Conservation easements funded through this program are important for wildlife habitat and natural resource conservation. At the end of the legislative session, the House budget included 2.5 million to finance $25 million in bonds. However, there is NO program funding in the Governor's and Senate budgets. We ask you to specifically support increased funding for this program.

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Perspective: How much land to protect?

  May 29, 2015

In his fact-centered article, CTF Greenways Program Research Scientist Tom Hoctor addresses the contention that Florida has enough conservation land. Dr. Hoctor makes it clear that we in fact may need much more, perhaps as much as 50% of the state's landmass. For more than three decades, states Hoctor, Florida has led the nation in using science to identify the most important areas to protect. Many unprotected acres remain that are essential for conservation of biodiversity and to sustain human populations. "As a starting point, we need to use Amendment 1 to revitalize the funding of our landmark Florida Forever program," said Hoctor. "There is no legitimate, science-based or economic argument against returning Florida Forever to a minimum annual funding of $300 million a year." Read more about the extent and preservation of Floria's "Green infrastructure" in the Tampa Bay times.

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Get the Summer 2015 POST Newsletter

  May 28, 2015

In this issue of the Conservation Trust for Florida's newsletter, THE POST, read CTF President, Susan Carr's vision for the future of conservation in Florida. Through Board Member Lisa Gearen's article, you can travel with CTF on their recent visit to Adams ranch and its open spaces. You'll also see how you can support landscape-size conservation efforts in Florida, whether through direct donations or participation in events such as "Dancing with the Bears."

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