Read the December 2012 Issue of The POST
In the Winter issue, read about the Wildlife Expedition and how the adventures of four explorers are raising awareness of Florida's natural heritage. You'll also learn of a special opportunity to support the work of CTF through the Felburn Foundation's challenge grant. This makes it the perfect time to donate to the CTF: Your efforts will be doubled!
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CTF Advisory Board Member Buddy MacKay in the News
CTF is honored to have Buddy MacKay and his wife Anne as members of our Advisory Board.
A Jan 10 article in the Gainesville Sun describes a recent meeting where Mircea and Ileana Garcea expressed their gratitude to MacKay for his efforts to reunite them with their daughters. As a congressmen in the 1980's, he and his staff were instrumental in bringing the Garceas' daughters out of Romania to join their parents in the US.
Florida's Water and Land Legacy Campaign
Join campaign staff and other local volunteers as they gather 500,000 signatures to place this important citizen's amendment on the November 2014 ballot.
Volunteering is a great opportunity to learn more about the Water and Land Conservation Amendment and how it will ensure permanent funding for acquiring, conserving and restoring Florida's cherished water and natural areas that is not subject to political maneuvering. The type of maneuvering that has essentially eliminated funding for Forever Florida and other conservation programs.
For more information, please visit the website or contact Jason Brady at (850) 629-4656 or Jason@FloridaWaterLandLegacy.org
Springs Protection Workshop – Ocala
This workshop was held at:
Marion County Extension Auditorium
2232 NE Jacksonville Rd.
Ocala, FL 34470
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Download Agenda (300k pdf)
The goal of this workshop was to educate landowners, particularly those in Marion and Levy Counties, about the importance of protecting our water resources. The May 3, 2012 workshop identified land uses that may impact water quality, and provided information for landowners on effective methods to promote increased water quality, particularly manure management systems used by horse farm owners, as well as the use of conservation easements in protecting springs and water quality.
Within a springs basin, easements help protect the rural and natural landscape which may help reduce water withdrawal (which causes reduced spring flow) or from excessive fertilization (which causes nitrate pollution of springs). This session provided a thorough discussion on the hydrogeology of the spring basins and the relationship between land uses and water quality. A short field-trip took participants to see active karst features to demonstrate the vulnerability of the aquifer to contamination.
View the Presentations On-line!
- Introduction by David Pais and Remarks by Former Governor Buddy Mackay - 11 Minutes
- Peter Colverson, former coordinator of the Rainbow Springs and Silver Springs Basin Working Group - Groundwater and Springs Protection - Background on Hydrogeology - 49 Minutes
- Dr. Robert Knight, Director, Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute - Water Quality and Flow at Marion County's Springs - 30 Minutes
- Charles Lee, Director of Advocacy, Audubon of Florida - Aligning the Interests of Landowners with Environmental Restoration - 27 Minutes
- Busy Kislig-Shires Byerly, Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc - Tax Benefits of Conservation Easements Introduction - 16 Minutes.
- Jamie Cohen, Farm Outreach Coordinator, University of Florida/IFAS Marion County Extension Service - Strategies to reduce excess Nitrogen and Sediment - 30 Minutes
- Question and Answer Session with Workshop Speakers - 49 Minutes
Download Speaker Bios and Contact Information here.
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Learn how help farmers and landowners protect the character of their property and plan for its future.
View this inspiring and informative video by Former Florida Governor Buddy MacKay, who is also a member of CTF's Advisory Board. He talks about the importance of protecting wildlife corridors and protecting land for conservation. Video is by the University of Florida, IFAS as part of the Springs Protection Workshop in May 2012 (11 minutes).