The NFLT Story
NFLT was founded in 1999 and is a 501(c)3 organization focused on protecting lands of ecological, agricultural, and historic significance. We have a core service area of 12 counties in Northeast Florida, and work on an as-needed basis throughout the state. We achieve our mission by purchasing or receiving donations of land and conservation easements, as well as facilitating conservation transactions for public agencies. Working closely with public agency partners, private landowners, foundations and other land trusts, we ensure that what we preserve today remains protected. Throughout the years, we have protected tens of thousands of acres of environmentally significant lands.
Explore this map to discover the lands that have been protected by North Florida Land Trust. This map highlights land owned by NFLT, as well as conservation easements and lands we helped facilitate for conservation with other agencies. Check out our Connect Page for upcoming events and service projects on our lands.
Due to the sensitive nature of some of our preserves, public access is currently only available at Bogey Creek Preserve. Bogey Creek Preserve is open year-round from sunrise to sunset and is located at Cedar Point Road, Jacksonville.
If you have an interest in finding out more about any of our preserved properties, please contact us at email@example.com.
Benefits of Conservation
Our entire quality of life is affective by our environment. Protecting it is to protect ourselves. We depend on clean air to breath and clean water to drink.We need places to exercise our minds and bodies. We need food to eat whether fish, fowl, meat or vegetable. And we need to protect our military installations from encroachment and our communities from noise and danger. Our environment provides all of these ecosystem benefits.
In addition, Florida’s economy is based on tourism and farming. Wildlife viewing alone is a $4 billion a year business. Visitors come to visit our rivers, lakes and beaches. Bio tourism is a growing industry in north Florida and the proximity of places to recover and rehabilitate is critical to its success.
Our population continues to grow rapidly. Overwhelmingly, they relocate because of our environment. With that growth comes the challenge to protect why many of us came here and why so many stay.
In short, everything we do and need comes from our environment. It provides an incredible number of benefits.
Board of Directors
Keith Holt, Stott Bolt and Supply Company
David Barton, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Ross Chafin, Esq., Fisher, Tousey, Leas & Ball
Patrick Carney, Business Owner
Members At Large
Mike Barker, Terra Capital Holdings, Inc.
Allison DeFoor, Diocese of Florida
John Delaney, Shareholder, Rogers, Towers’ Principal, The Fiorentino Group
Jennifer Lasserre, Lasserre Real Estate, Inc.
Melissa Long, City of Jacksonville
Shawna Newman, The NDN Companies Inc.
Matt Rapp, PGA TOUR
Ryan Switzer, Cantrell & Morgan
Shane Williams, Ameris Bank
Meet Our President
Jim McCarthy, President
Jim McCarthy joined the North Florida Land Trust in 2014 as its Executive Director. In 2015 he was named President.
Jim started his career as a federal government employee, became a lobbyist, managed 56 political campaigns across the country, briefly sold life and health insurance (and as he says “If I was any good at it, I’d still be doing it”). He later started a chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors and sold development, finance, design, build services for Florida’s largest general contractor.
His experience in the not-for-profit world includes service as a volunteer leader and staff executive. He has served as president of the Virginia Jaycees, the University of North Florida Athletic Booster organization and chairman of three committees at THE PLAYERS Championship and Chairman of the Web.com Tour Championship and THE Junior PLAYERS for the past 13 years.
Jim was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Environmental Regulation Commission in 2016. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and a Trustee of JAXUSA, the region’s economic development organization. He is also an Advisory Board Member of BB&T.
Meet Our team
Director of Strategic Conservation
Marc joined NFLT in 2012 as the Land Protection Director and was promoted to Director of Strategic Conservation in 2020. He is responsible for overseeing the land trust’s real estate acquisitions, restoration, programmatic partnerships, and geographic information systems (GIS). He also developed and leads the strategic conservation planning services.
Prior to his work with NFLT, Marc worked for five years in partnership with the Georgia Land Trust, Alabama Land Trust, and the Chattahoochee Valley Land Trust. He also facilitated farmland preservation for the Genesee Valley Conservancy in upstate New York. Marc earned his Bachelor’s degree in history with a special focus on environmental history from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Marc was a 2016 Kinship Conservation Fellow and a 2017 featured speaker for TEDxJacksonville.
Susan Carr, PhD
O2O Program Manager
Susan Carr joined NFLT in 2017, and now serves as the O2O Program Manager. She is responsible for a large landscape conservation initiative and partnership centered on the “Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor” in North Florida.
Susan is a Florida native, born and raised in Gainesville Florida. She has about 20 years of relevant experience including land management, ecology, conservation and nonprofit operations. Susan earned two graduate degrees in plant ecology, specific to the study of SE Coastal Plain pine ecosystems. In addition, Susan held positions with the U.S. Forest Service, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and The Nature Conservancy. Susan’s passion for Florida’s native landscapes and conservation is deeply held and inspired by her academic study and lifelong appreciation of Florida’s wildlands.
Susan volunteers as a board director for the Florida Native Plant Society and serves in an advisory capacity for Alachua County conservation programs.
O2O Partnership Coordinator
Kimberly Tillman joined NFLT in 2020 as the O2O Partnership Coordinator. Kimberly is a wildlife biologist with 15 years of experience in natural resource management, conservation and education. Kimberly was a Land Management Specialist with the St. Johns River Water Management District where she specialized in habitat management and population recovery of threatened and endangered species like the Red-cockaded woodpecker and Florida Scrub-jay. As a private contractor she has collaborated with federal and state agencies and private landowners focusing on land conservation, habitat management, population management for listed species, and educational program development. Most recently, Kimberly worked with the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville Florida to develop a program that brings butterfly gardens to Florida schools and promotes outdoor learning. Kimberly has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She is a certified prescribed burn manager as well as an authorized gopher tortoise agent and trained bander for Red-cockaded woodpeckers and Florida Scrub-jays. Kimberly and her husband have two young children that love to be outside.
Real Estate and Community Conservation
Director of Real Estate and Community Conservation
Rebecca Perry joined NFLT in 2018 as Associate Director of Land Protection and was promoted to Director of Real Estate and Community Conservation in 2020. She is a Florida native with a deep respect for the inherent value of the natural world. She is responsible for land transactions and stakeholder relationships across NFLT’s service area. Rebecca came to NFLT from The Nature Conservancy, and brings fifteen years of experience in conservation land transactions, grant administration and project management. At The Nature Conservancy, she helped protect over 9,000 acres across Florida, and managed a 5,000-acre mitigation bank. In her short time at NFLT, she has shepherded over 5,000-acres of land into protected status. She has an Associate of Science Degree from Valencia Community College in Paralegal Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College in Environmental Studies. Rebecca is a licensed real estate sales associate.
Real Estate Coordinator
Heather Nagy has joined NFLT in 2020 as a real estate coordinator. Nagy will work with the director of real estate and community conservation to coordinate land transactions, manage the real estate database and research potential real estate projects.
Nagy comes to NFLT after working for three years at Peninsula Open Space Trust in California where she managed the conservation easement program and helped facilitate acquisition projects. She also worked with Tar River Land Conservancy in North Carolina. There she helped develop a strategic conservation plan for the Upper Tar River Basin.
Nagy earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, her masters of environmental management from Duke University and has received a graduate certificate in geographic information systems (GIS). For her master’s project, Nagy researched lemur habitat in a national park in Madagascar and developed a GIS-based model of forest loss to help guide future conservation projects in the area.
Director of Stewardship
Elizabeth Guthrie joined NFLT in 2014 as the Director of Stewardship. She is responsible for overseeing the stewardship, management, and restoration of NFLT’s conserved lands and conservation easements.
Before working for NFLT, she worked on projects throughout the state with the Florida Park Service as an AmeriCorps member, focusing on land and resource management. Originally from North Carolina, Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a Master of Science degree in ecological restoration from the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation. Elizabeth also holds graduate certificates in natural resource policy and administration, and geographic information systems (GIS).
Elizabeth is a 2019 Natural Resources Leadership Institute Fellow.
Emily Dunn joined NFLT in 2016, and now serves as Stewardship Manager. She is responsible for management of NFLT conservation lands, facilitating the Team Terrapin volunteer program, managing seasonal stewardship staff and volunteers, and organizing outreach and service opportunities on NFLT lands.
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Emily received her Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Rochester, and her Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Delaware. Her graduate research investigated the effects of forest fragmentation on wildlife movement, and she has participated in ecological research projects on a variety of topics. Emily is a Florida Master Naturalist as well as an Associate Florida Master Naturalist Instructor and has extensive experience in education and volunteer management.
Matt Greene joined NFLT in 2019 as the Land Manager. Matt grew up along the Gulf Coast in Fairhope, Alabama and later earned a zoology degree from Auburn University.
He comes to NFLT from the Landowner Assistance Program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Previous experience includes conservation easement stewardship with Lowcountry Land Trust in South Carolina; land management and prescribed burning in New England and the Southeast with The Nature Conservancy; land management and wildlife ecology studies at Nokuse Plantation in Panhandle Florida; forest and fire ecology research at the J.W. Jones Ecological Research Center in Southwest Georgia, and snake ecology investigations in Guam, New Mexico, Alabama and other areas of the Southeast.
Savannah Penney is joined NFLT as the Stewardship Technician for Summer 2020. She will be joining the Team Terrapin program and be involved with terrapin nest monitoring, volunteer training, and predator control.
Savannah graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology as well a minor in Anthropology. During this time she led a student research team in a study of the local park, participated in a study of the museums of London, and also collaborated in group research of the fish biodiversity of coral reefs in San Pedro, Belize. After graduation she worked at the Kansas City Zoo as a seasonal zookeeper and education instructor.
Alexa is joining the North Florida Land Trust as the Stewardship Intern for Fall 2020. She is responsible for developing virtual outreach programs as well as monitoring and maintaining Bogey Creek Nature Preserve.
Alexa graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and Biology with minors in Environmental Science and Mathematics. She went on to pursue her Master of Science degree in Aquatic Environmental Science from Florida State University, where her graduate research focused on the health and diet of juvenile green sea turtles in the Bahamas. Through other past positions, she has gained ample experience planning and leading environmental education and outreach programs.
Director of Operations
Cassie Froeba joined NFLT in 2015, and serves as the Operations Director. Her duties include ensuring that NFLT’s everyday activities run smoothly! Creating/ updating policies, developing/implement human resource strategies, orientation and training for staff and Board Members, effective management of finance/accounting, property exemptions, managing the nonprofit’s properties on Talbot Island and overseeing the office as the on-site mom. Cassie led our team to get national recognition as an Accredited Land Trust. Accreditation is the highest standard and acknowledges North Florida Land Trust has demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.
Genevieve Day joined NFLT in 2019 as the Operations Manager. She supports both the Operations and Development teams with whatever they need and specifically by managing donor and financial data. She is also the friendly face in the front office!
Genevieve received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of North Florida. While pursuing her degree she worked as a park guide in the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. Most recently she served as Operations Manager for the Timucuan Parks Foundation. Genevieve is working on her Florida Master Naturalist certificate and recently served as secretary on the North Florida Master Naturalists board. She also loves to hike and volunteers with the Florida Trail Association.
Director of Development & Marketing
Megan Mangiaracino joined NFLT in 2019 as the Director of Development and Marketing, helping to grow the organization’s resources that provide long-term sustainability and continued preservation of our lands. Megan comes to NFLT with ten years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising. Most recently, Megan served as the Associate Director of Development for the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida. Originally from Missouri, Megan is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and has resided in Jacksonville since 2011. She is honored to work with philanthropists and caring community members to positively impact North Florida.
Genevieve Fletcher joined NFLT in 2015 as Outreach Coordinator and transitioned to her role as Development Officer in 2018. She is responsible for fundraising for NFLT’s mission by bridging relationships between individuals and the land trust’s conservation work. Grateful to work toward her passion of preserving the natural world, Genevieve is equally honored to meet so many philanthropic individuals who share the same goal.
Genevieve earned her Bachelor of Arts in music, liberal arts, and philosophy from Florida State University. Prior to NFLT, she served as a Grants Consultant for Langton Consulting. She is a certified Florida Master Naturalist through the University of Florida's Florida Master Naturalist Program.
Allison Cologne joined NFLT in 2013 as a graphic design intern and was invited back in 2018 as the Graphic Design and Social Media Manager. In 2020, she was moved under the development team as the Creative Manager, to fulfill a more marketing roll. She is responsible for designing marketing materials, website maintenance and social media coverage. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design.