North Florida Land Trust has added a team member to its stewardship department. Aaryn Tarver has joined the nonprofit land conservation organization as the Land Management Specialist. Tarver will work alongside the Director of Land Stewardship and the Land Manager, as well as independently, to maintain and manage the more than 16,000 acres in NFLT’s portfolio.
Tarver will be responsible for regularly monitoring the properties, both fee properties and conservation easements, to identify and solve land management issues. She will assist with preserve maintenance, timber management and habitat restoration. Tarver will participate in prescribed fire efforts, exotic species control, vegetation and property infrastructure maintenance, and the operation and maintenance of the stewardship department’s tools and equipment. She will also assist with research and data management, will represent NFLT in working groups, build and maintain relationships with adjacent homeowners and landowners, and will help coordinate volunteer workdays.
Tarver is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she earned her degree in wildlife and fisheries management. She most recently worked as an environmental consultant. She has served as a wildlife biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) where she received safe capture training and worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as a wildlife technician. Tarver holds numerous certifications including as a certified prescribed burn manager and an FWC-certified gopher tortoise agent.
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing quality of life by protecting North Florida’s irreplaceable natural environment. Founded in 1999, NFLT has preserved tens of thousands of acres of land through the 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.