June 24, 2021

North Florida Land Trust has once again helped the City of Jacksonville expand McGirts Creek Preserve, a 425-acre park on the Westside. The nonprofit land conservation organization facilitated the donation of three parcels totaling 61 acres. A private donor contributed 51.5 acres and NFLT contributed 9.5 acres. NFLT acted as the liaison between the donor and the City as well as contributing its land to the deal.

“We are thankful to the landowner who donated the property and the financial contributor who made it possible for us to once again help facilitate the expansion of McGirts Creek Park and preserve the environmentally sensitive area around the creek,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “This land has significant conservation value in its protection of the creek floodplain and we were happy to help with these donations.”

The property is predominantly oak and pine forest with some open areas of sparse pine trees and palmettos. McGirts Creek passes through the western boundary. This is the third time NFLT worked on expanding the park. In 2016, they facilitated the donation of 33 acres of land to the City of Jacksonville, and in 2017 they acquired the 9.5-acre tract. The addition of these latest properties protects a quarter-mile of the Ortega River.

One of the services that NFLT offers is to facilitate the acquisition of properties for other conservation organizations or government agencies. Throughout the years, the land conservation organization has facilitated the acquisition of more than 6,000 acres of land in northeast Florida.

About North Florida Land Trust

North Florida Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to protect the natural resources, historic places and working lands (farms and ranches) throughout north Florida. Founded in 1999, NFLT has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through donation or purchase of land as well as conservation easements.  NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with willing landowners and public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations.