Executive Director Position Announced

CTF is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director. Applicants should be leaders with passion for protecting land who can demonstrate ability to foster strategic partnerships, broaden support for statewide land conservation efforts, engage the community, and facilitate land transactions. Responsibilities include overseeing land conservation activities, managing finances, leading staff, and participating in outreach and fundraising efforts.

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Little Orange Creek Preserve

The 1,900-acre Little Orange Creek Preserve (LOCP) is located just northeast of the City of Hawthorne. Much of LOCP is basin swamp with cypress, tupelo, and red maple trees. The uplands were historically sandhill and flatwoods, but were converted to planted pine many years ago. The varied habitats support a wonderful diversity of animals and plants. Bears, as well as other predators, have often been photographed by trail cameras, and they are known to traverse the preserve.

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Hansen Preserve

Cross Creek is a special place with a unique rural character, immortalized by Pulitzer Prize winner Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. CTF was happy to accept a conservation easement on Phyllis Hansen’s 25-acre property on the shore of Orange Lake. The easement will protect the wildlife, waterfront, and water quality, as well as the dense forest on the property.

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Quail Roost Conservation Easement

Following the death of his parents, just months apart in 2003, Kerry Heubeck worked with CTF to protect and limit development on approximately 800 acres of their 1,000 acre farm, Quail Roost II. A conservation easement was used to protect 200 acres, and deed restrictions controlled the possible development of another 600 acres. These protections were instituted as a memorial to his parents, Harriet and Elmer Heubeck, Jr. who both held a deep love for the land upon which they lived and worked.

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Price’s Scrub

Working with the state Office of Greenways and Trails, CTF helped protect Price’s Scrub, a unique 952-acre sand pine and pond pine system with saw palmetto understory. Price’s Scrub is continuing ecological restoration and is open to the public for light recreation such as hiking and horseback riding. These properties are an important connection in […]

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Lochloosa Nature Preserve

CTF nominated the Lochloosa Nature Preserve for acquisition by the Alachua County Forever land conservation program. The project was approved for acquisition in October 2003. The 1,388-acre parcel, surrounded by the Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area, boasts some of the best remaining longleaf pine flatwoods and sandhill habitat in the county.

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