NFLT is a non-profit that works closely with its community. It is obvious they care deeply about the importance of the work they do and the individuals they work with. NFLT provides a great example for the positive impacts the land trust model can affect.
I have volunteered with and donated to this great organzition. Saving lands in our area is vital and I can't think of a better way to help control flooding than to save our native areas. Saving these lands also provides natural, healthy outdoor options for families.
NFLT is the reason I started volunteering in the first place, i just wanted to be apart of their conversation efforts. They have so many fun volunteering opportunities to get involved with fundraising, outreach programs and fantastic celebrations. Couldn't ask for a better group to get involved with.
As a monthly donor to this organization, I know my funds are leveraged in a smart way that make a tremendous impact on conservation in our state. I'm impressed by the growth and the smart, strategic approach NFLT takes when identifying and pursuing properties to save. This is a great investment in our region, because once the land is gone we can't get it back!
We bought a beautiful 44 acre plot of natural Florida in a very special neighborhood with families who have lived here for 3 generations. We quickly realized how aggressively development is taking over the land around us. I couldn't imagine when we left the farm for the last time a bull dozer would be there to tear down our longleaf, crush our gopher tortoise, leave the hawks, turkey and migrating birds no place to live. NFLT has helped us preserve our small piece of natural Florida. Now we know when we leave our farm NFLT has helped us preserve, NFLT will also be there to help our heirs continue to preserve our piece of heaven.
North Florida Land Trust is a true champion for conservation. I have worked with them as a public relations consultant for nearly six years and have thoroughly enjoyed being able to tell their stories. The work they do to preserve our natural spaces is amazing. All of the staff are incredible people who are great to work with and are also very knowledgable and hard-working. This is a truly wonderful organization!
A landowner's willingness and desire to protect their land for the future is, in light of the veritable labyrinth composed of rules, regulations, agencies and personalities, often insufficient to make a project happen. This is so even when a significant discount in value to the state is envisioned.
What the NFLT brings to the table, what we saw first hand, is not just an understanding of the process, and a staff possessing the technical skills necessary to compiling the mass of necessary data but also a certain institutional stature that gets the attention of the decision makers.
Additionally, the calm, persistent, evidence and science based approach they apply to a project that they see as having merit and value......well......that sort of thing overcomes great hurdles, hurdles that would stymie a landowner working alone.
In our view, they are a catalyst that turns potential into conservation!
I visited Amelia Island as a student at the University of Georgia in 1974, with Ian McHarg, the Landscape Architect/designer of the Amelia Island Plantation. His goal was to protect every possible tree, and topography on the site. Amelia Island is unique, in that it is a micro climate hosting plants from tropical Florida and the southeast coast of Georgia. The oaks are some of the most beautiful in the entire South. This is due to it's perfect climate and soil. The remaining natural areas of Amelia Island must be preserved.. Our children and grand-children must get to see this amazing environment in the future. I now live on the Southern tip of Amelia Island, and am fortunate to enjoy it's beauty everyday.
Following the convservation movement in Florida closely, I see North Florida Land Trust appearing more regularly in state-wide media outlets, gaining greater attention for the work they do as their scale and successes steadily grow.
I have volunteered for this worthy non profit to save land, waterways, and estuaries for future generations, for 5 years. Every event they provide highlights their work and accomplishments. They value their volunteers by realizing it takes coordinated efforts to make a difference. They have a passion for their mission while enjoying the natural beauty of our area. I'm impressed by their commitment to our little corner of our world and educating the public about the need for land and water protection. I'm also impressed by their leadership and business acumen. Many thanks to all your staff and their professionalism.
I started volunteering in the NFLT office three years ago because the mission of preserving land is so important to me. I have observed with pride each new acquisition for preservation and conservation. The staff members work so hard to achieve excellence-national accreditation was achieved a year or so ago. I have been treated with courtesy and gratitude, and have been made to feel part of the team. I love NFLT!
Great non-profit whose presence in North Florida has resulted in the saving of thousands of acres of pristine lands and countless wildlife. We should support them as much as we can as citizens of this beautiful state.
NFLT has a sound record of preserving lands throughout NE Florida. Many of the purchases required complex negotiations with land owners who wanted to develop those lands into multiple housing units. Hats off to the whole staff!
Thank you for Saving Fish Island!
Born and raised in St Johns County- 55 years.
My heart breaks for the Flagler County Flagler Beach/Bulow Creek area residents facing the Gardens Developers. I can’t imagine what it will do to the beautiful scenery, Waterway and wildlife. Please help.
I remember when North Florida Land Trust was just two people and an idea to save land for conservation. Now, WOW! The rapid growth of NFLT indicts the desire of the residents of North Florida to have conservation lands and the dedication of those who make this happen. I'm so impressed. Great to have you in the conservation organization mix.
Saving the world one acre at a time. Thank you for all you do to conserve green natural spaces in our area.
They are doing wonderful things to try to save critical land areas
Without the excellent work of the N. FL Land Trust, developers would have their say, and little or no land would be preserved in its natural (or nearly natural, if you allow for trails, sanitary facilities, etc. to make visitors comfortable) state. They don't just ask people to donate land, they assist with conservation easements for tax breaks, allowing current family to remain on the land, and they also purchase parcels at market value. They identify parcels based on a number of criteria, including recreational value as well as ecological importance. They are AMAZING!
Not only does the North Florida Land Trust do a great job in facilitating the conservation of land resources in NE Florida, but it also did a wonderful thing in providing the needed financial and human capital needed to bring the Old Brewster Hospital in downtown Jacksonville back to life. This building and its long history are an important part of the heritage of the Lavilla district. The Land Trust's determination and patience in working with the City on this renovation has demonstrated its willingness and ability to see important projects through. The Trust's commitment to occupy the building, bringing visibility and vibrancy to an important intersection, will also put the Trust staff closer to the center of civic activity. Its unique perspective to urban conservation efforts like Brewster and Hogans Creek are evidence of its creativity and persistence in accomplishing its larger conservation objectives.
I have approached the NFLT with a proposal to buy land for Fort Mose State Park. The CEO was very responsive and reverted to me within a week. Although my proposal was not successful I am very pleased with the role that they have played in the Fish Island Project.
They are very fiscally responsible and dedicated to helping people as well as the environment. Volunteering with them has always been a very rewarding experience, and they offer a wealth of information in return for the time donated.
The NFLT has been doing terrific work in northeast Florida conserving our rapidly diminishing wild areas. They recently negotiated the purchase of 57 acres near St. Augustine, which will be purchased by the State of Florida for conservation and did so in record time. Made it look easy, which is most definitely is not.
As a fifth-generation Floridian, I am totally committed to the goals of the North Florida Land Trust. The important work of preserving and conserving our vital tracts of natural spaces will ensure a great Florida for the next generations.
There is a gorgeous house for rent by the North Florida Land Trust; unfortunately the House Manager is abusive and horrible. Her job description is House Manager,which includes comped rent in exchange for managing the house and providing a physically and emotionally safe place. She screams and yells at guests, threatens them with violence, locks up people's personal food and dishes bought for the house to be used by visiting scientists in her room. She locks up other people's mail in her room - a felony - and then lied to the NFLT staff about it. When told about this employees bizarre erratic behavior, the NFLT announced that the house was hers to use, even though the donors that gave that house intended it to be a field station for all scientists, not a hang-out space for their mentally ill house manger.
The house manager for the NFLT House on Talbot Island was horrible. She openly mocked a visiting scientist that was sober, constantly berating her for not drinking during her visit. "Come on, drink, you should drink, why aren't you drinking?' 'You know you can drink, right? We need to get you drunk!' It showed an inapropriate cluelessness to not only the epidemic of addiction in the United States but a total disregard for the hard-earned money of the donors who gave the North Florida Land Trust the house and property to use.
North Florida Land Trust protects habitat, wildlife and waterways near and far. I recall a moonlit paddle ride I took on the Guana River, through their beautiful Gloria Child Goelz Preserve. It was a magical, unforgettable evening. Every donation to NFLT is money so well spent. Once the land is gone, it's gone forever. Thank you NFLT for saving it in perpetuity. I took this Osprey photo that evening.
North Florida Land Trust is the best resource to learn, experience, and secure our vital natural spaces in Florida.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
A wonderful organization staffed by terrific, capable people who are working hard to preserve environmentally sensitive lands in North and central Florida. Thanks NFLT!!!!
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.
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.
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.
This organization is doing terrific work in Northeast Florida!
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.
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.
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.
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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