“The Conservation Trust for Florida is dedicated to safeguarding Florida’s natural and agricultural landscapes, and protecting land that supports Florida’s family farms and ranches,” said Traci Deen, the group’s executive director. “This project does all of that. More, placing this property in conservation protects a piece of Florida history forever. That’s really something special.”
Your fellow CTF supporters toured Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area earlier this year, and the group’s knowledge, good humor, and passion for protecting our natural world gives us hope for the future.
The Conservation Trust for Florida announces the addition of two executive staff members — Traci Deen, Esq. and Butch Parks. “With these new hires, CTF is growing to meet the demand for its services and address some of the critical conservation challenges we face as a state.”
Silver Springs Sandhill is a crucial piece of Central Florida’s larger conservation puzzle. The property adds to a protective buffer around the iconic Silver Springs — one of the largest artesian spring systems in the world. The property also connects to Indian Lake State Forest and Marion County’s Coehadjoe Park.
The Conservation Trust for Florida is excited to announce that it has renewed its land trust accreditation. This distinction shows its committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.
“With this closing, CTF will have helped the Adams protect 5,443 acres of their ranch over the last three years. I can think of no other legacy that honors the life and work of Bud Adams better than this, and CTF is proud and grateful to be a part of that,” added Lisa Gearen, CTF’s president.”
The Conservation Trust for Florida worked with the Pelaez family in Okeechobee County to help place a conservation easement on their 1375-acre ranch. The easement allows the family keep their land in agricultural production and protects important habitat near the Everglades Headwaters.
The Conservation Trust for Florida announced today a second land conservation victory in Marion County. Thanks to today’s approval by Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet, 465 acres in Ocala will be acquired with funding from the Florida Forever program.