Bring your dancing shoes and share some fun with friends! The Shambles are hosting the Dancing With the Bears rock ‘n’ roll dance party to benefit the Conservation Trust for Florida on Sunday Sept. 14th from 6-10 pm at Akira Wood.
Celebrate the recent conservation of important bear habitat in the Wekiva-Ocala Greenway and the Conservation Trust for Florida’s 15th Anniversary! This event will help raise funds to support the Conservation Trust for Florida's land conservation projects and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the Water and Land Conservation Amendment.
The Shambles are a local band that cover artists such as Steely Dan, Alison Krause, and Ray Charles, as well as classic groups such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. Go(LAB), a group of professional dancers and performance artists will perform contemporary modern dance during some of the music sets.
The Conservation Trust is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit land trust and is one of only four Florida land trusts accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The Conservation Trust has assisted with the protection of more than 10,000 acres of working lands that provide habitat and critical landscape linkages for wildlife in north-central Florida.
The Water and Land Conservation Amendment will appear as Amendment 1 on the November 4, 2014 ballot. Voter approval of Amendment 1 will ensure that our cherished beaches, rivers, lakes, springs and coastal waters are protected for future generations. Amendment 1 would provide more than $5 billion for water and land conservation in Florida over the next ten years and $10 billion over the twenty-year life of the measure, all without any tax increase. http://voteyeson1fl.org
Tickets are $20 each and children under 12-years-old are free. Casual dress recommended.
Akira Wood is located at 619 South Main Street in Gainesville at the corner of Main Street and Depot Avenue. Special thanks to Hoch and Celeste Shitama of Akira Wood for sponsoring the event!
Beer by Swamp Head Brewery and locally made wines
Ed and Sheila Crapo
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.