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North Florida Land Trust, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sharron F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Kathi Gore C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Joanna D.1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Richard B.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Carolyn A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 AmeliaIslandJulz

Donor

Rating: 5

Saving the world one acre at a time. Thank you for all you do to conserve green natural spaces in our area.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are doing wonderful things to try to save critical land areas

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 James H.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

2 Nicole C.6

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3 Osunkemi A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

4

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.

4

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!

4

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.

3

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.

3 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.

3

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!!!!

4

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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 Amy_77

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is doing terrific work in Northeast Florida!

2 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.

2

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.

2

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.

2

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.

Review from Guidestar