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North Florida Land Trust, Inc.

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Causes: Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: NFLT, founded in 1999, seeks to preserve the special places which give Northeast Florida a unique quality of life. The pressure of development threatens our quality of life and through land donations and conservation easements, we seek to preserve the scenic and natural values of the land. We work with landowners, public agencies, and other conservation organizations to find ways to preserve the scenic and natural open spaces in our area.

Results: Properties protected include: • Moccasin Slough, 250 acres, Fleming Island/Clay • Pescatello Island, 30 acres, Timucuan Preserve/Duval • River Branch Preserve, 360 acre Conservation Easement, Atlantic Beach/Duval • Gloria Child Goelz Preserve, 41 acres owned, Ponte Vedra Beach/St. Johns • Bogey Creek Landing, 4.67 acres owned, Pumpkin Hill/ Timucuan Preserve/Duval • Cummer Family Home, 2.4 acre Conservation Easement, Mandarin/Duval • Fish Island, 15.5 acre Conservation Easement, Anastasia Island/St. Johns • Basala Chico, 160 acre Conservation Easement with 5,000 foot of frontage on St. Mary’s River, Florida/Georgia border, Hilliard/Nassau

Target demographics: • is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization• spans eleven counties: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Union and Volusia counties• partners with landowners, local government and environmental organizations • is a member of the national Land Trust Alliance

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1 million plus

Geographic areas served: 11 Counties - Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Union and Volusia Counties

Programs: The NFLT's major programs consist of working with conservation-minded landowners who wish to preserve their lands, either through donation of conservation easements, or through purchase of their easements or land under various private, state and local preservation and conservation programs.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Osunkemi A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

North Florida Land Trust is the best resource to learn, experience, and secure our vital natural spaces in Florida.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

NFLT is making huge strides in North Florida, helping conserve land in the area for future generations. I’m a donor and board member and volunteer.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

What a great organization! The NFLT team is a get-it-done group that knows how to find creative solutions to a wide range of land preservation needs and desired outcomes. It has been exciting to see the impact and reach the North Florida Land Trust has in the region continue to grow. Lots of great things ahead!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

We are so fortunately to have the North Florida Land Trust in our area. The work they do is amazing. It is so comforting to know this group of dedicated conservationists are looking out for the beautiful, natural Florida land. Our community is 100% behind them and their work. It is a wonderful GOOD NEWS story!! Very much needed today.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I interned for this nonprofit and the experience was great. I gained knowledge on land conservation and the world of nonprofits while also extending my skills in my field. Everyone who worked there was very passionate about the mission and it is exciting to see this nonprofit grow to what it is today.

1 Forrest P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been volunteering with North Florida Land Trust for more than 2 Years, assisting with various land stewardship projects including invasive plant species control, diamond backed terrapin surveys, highway adoption cleanups, and a variety of public fundraisers. The staff here is so highly motivated, warm and welcoming, and always goes the extra mile to insure all volunteers are recognized and appreciated. In our experience, this is a highly efficient and well managed organization. We hope to continue our involvement with the NFLT moving forward.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization staffed by terrific, capable people who are working hard to preserve environmentally sensitive lands in North and central Florida. Thanks NFLT!!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The North Florida Land Trust is a fabulous organization with a great dedicated staff. They are doing as much as anyone in preserving and protecting Florida's diminishing wild lands, family farms, and forests.

1 Land_Trust_Accreditation_Commission

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

North Florida Land Trust became an accredited land trust in February 2018, a status that can be renewed every five years. Accreditation means North Florida Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. North Florida Land Trust demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate the commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. To learn more about land trust accreditation and the current accreditation status of North Florida Land Trust, visit http//www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

1 Kelli R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for NFLT's Team Terrapin for 2 seasons now as well as a few events throughout the year. I can tell you, these people really care about what they're doing and they are the nicest people. I've been volunteering with different places since high school and I've never felt so appreciated by an organization like I have with NFLT. They really go out of their way to show you that you are important to them and they appreciate your help whether you've volunteered for years or a few hours. I'll probably continue to work with them until I'm no longer physically able to.

1 Amy_77

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is doing terrific work in Northeast Florida!

1 Douglas S. C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

From inside and out, from officer to board member to donor, I have watched this organization grow, improve, gather outstanding staff, develop a system of identifying the most important lands in North Florida for conservation, and then create a plan to preserve those lands. This is a community benefit organization worthy of your time, you money, your wisdom....whatever you can spare.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with North Florida Land Trust. I took early retirement from a 33 yr career because I needed to do something meaningful with a lasting impact. North Florida Land Trust preserves the natural beauty and ecological health of our region by protecting lands and ecosystems. This is an important legacy for future generations. These lands provide ecological services such as wildlife habitat, water and air quality, aquifer recharge, flood water buffering, fisheries nurseries and others, as well as proving aesthetic and recreational opportunities. These services are critical to the health of the growing population of North Florida. As a volunteer, I am gratified to be a part of this. And with the encouragement of the Land Trust I became an associate instructor in the Florida Master Naturalist Program, a University of Florida extension service program. The Land Trust provides meeting space, field opportunities and speakers for these classes. I enjoy supporting the Land Trust with my time and with my donations because I think it is one of the most important things we can do for generations to come.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

NFLT has a dedicated, resourceful and effective staff that works trust activities aggressively for the 7 counties of NE FLA. NFLT is over 10 years old and every year they are able to improve and improvise ways to organize the people with the beautiful land of NE FLA. Support and sponsorship is what they need to continue to protect the land for all to share.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

NFLT is one Northeast Florida's greatest assets when it comes to land conservation and saving public access to "old Florida" and our beautiful marshes and tributaries -- through this organization's commitment and ability to work with private landholders and the creative use of conversation easements, NFLT has been able to preserve lands that otherwise would have been densely developed and forever lost for all to enjoy. Most importantly, this includes preserving environmentally sensitive areas for wildlife habitat and wildlife corridors.

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