Most of us can only imagine “Old Florida” but Bud Adams wrote the book on it. In his book “The Old Florida,” he recounts the details of his life and shares his wisdom. He was a Florida Cattleman through and through.
A conservation easement on the Palaez family’s 1,375-acre cattle ranch keeps their land in agricultural production and protects important habitat near the Everglades Headwaters.
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Conservation Trust for Florida is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. See how you can comment.
In December 2015, the Conservation Trust for Florida partnered with the Florida DEP and the St. Johns River Water Management District to purchase the 4,900-acre Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area tract. This acquisition links the surrounding public lands to create a 20-mile wildlife corridor and provides recreational opportunities for Floridians and visitors. In addition, the property will allow improved water quality for the aquifer to recharge. On Friday, May 27, we celebrated this important acquisition through a series of community events.
CTF is pleased to announce protection of 2,198 acres of important habitat and working ranchland in the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (with help from CTF) and the Florida Forest Service secured two separate conservation easements from the Adams Ranch, Inc., including 662 acres of some of the last remaining grassland and longleaf pine savanna landscapes in eastern North America.
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.
The Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc. is excited to announce that the Governor and Cabinet approved the option to purchase a conservation easement on 1,536 acres of the Adams Ranch on Tuesday, December 9th!
Join us to learn the benefits of conservation easements and other tools to keep land in agriculture, forestry and/or conservation. This workshop will cover the function of land trusts, how conservation easements work, how landowners can benefit, available technical and financial assistance, and alternatives for successional planning.
New CTF Project! Nearly 5000 acres of forest habitat will connect Silver Springs State Park to Indian Lake State Forest, and link up the Cross Florida Greenway on its way to the Ocala National Forest.
Using the science of ecological networks as a foundation, we seek to link the lands, public and private, that are most important for the migration of plants and animals.