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.
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.
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.
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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. Funding also was contributed by the U.S. Forest Service Forest Legacy Program administered by the Florida Forest Service. This acquisition links the surrounding public […]