North Florida Land Trust was founded in 1999 and is a local land conservation 501(c)3 organization focused on preserving and enhancing our quality of life by protecting North Florida’s irreplaceable natural environment. We have a core service area of 7 counties in Northeast Florida, and work on an as-needed basis throughout the state.
North Floridians feel more connected to and have a stronger appreciation for our unique native environment. The North Florida Land Trust implements collaborative approaches for long-term solutions commensurate with rapid growth. By protecting more of North Florida’s farms, forests, and natural areas, we maintain traditions, enhance lives, and sustain our expanding communities.
• We all bring our greatest strengths, and together they add power.
• Our dedication to innovation and new ideas gets results.
• Our dependability and accuracy earn trust.
• Consistently being transparent and honest brings us together.
• Our passion and connection to protecting our natural environment make a difference.
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
John Delaney, Fiorentino Group Rogers Towers Law Firm
David Barton, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Ryan Switzer, Pulte Group
Patrick Carney, Business Owner
Members At Large
Mike Barker, Terra Capital Holdings, Inc.
Lisa Barton, Lisa Barton Team Ponte Vedra Beach
Allison DeFoor, Diocese of Florida
Scott Keith, Truist
Jennifer Lasserre, Lasserre Real Estate, Inc.
Melissa Long, City of Jacksonville
Connie McDaniel, Coca-Cola Retired
Ted McGowan, Clay County Port, Inc.
Shawna Newman, The NDN Companies Inc.
Matt Rapp, PGA TOUR
Shane Williams, Renasant Mortgage Lending
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 Conservation Acquisitions
Ramesh has been a full-time real estate professional in the Gainesville area since relocating here with his wife and twins in 2001. He has had a 25-year career in real estate, focused almost entirely on the acquisition of environmentally sensitive lands in Florida. He stood up and ran the Alachua County Forever land conservation program for 16 years. Most recently, he was the Real Estate Services Director for the St. Johns River Water Management District. He has completed almost 50,000 acres of property transactions worth over $152 million.
Upon his retirement from the public sector, Ramesh joined NFLT to continue his passion for conservation land deals. His strengths are problem-solving and negotiating deals and enjoys the collaborative approach to transactions. He believes the best solutions are those that make environmental and economic sense.
Ramesh is a Marine Science graduate of the University of Miami, attended Texas A&M for graduate work in Marine Fisheries, was a diver, an open-water yachtsman, and has played a variety of sports before settling on Pickleball. He likes to hike, travel, cook and eat interesting foods, and read spy novels in his spare time. He and his wife currently have two adopted cats, two adopted dogs, and one fish (purchased).
Conservation Acquisitions Coordinator
Heather Nagy has joined NFLT in 2020 as a Conservation Acquisitions Coordinator. Nagy works 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.
O2O Program Coordinator
Kimberly Tillman joined NFLT in 2020 as the O2O Program 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.
Director of Conservation Acquisitions
Rebecca Perry joined NFLT in 2018 as Associate Director of Land Protection and was promoted to Director of Conservation Acquisitions 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.
Director of Land 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.
Land Management Specialist
Rianna joined NFLT in 2021 as the Land Management Specialist. She will be assisting with NFLT's growing stewardship and land management responsibilities, including prescribed fire planning and implementation.
Rianna comes to NFLT with over a decade of experience with the Florida Park Service. As a Park Services Specialist, she focused most of her energy on resource management and prescribed fire. Over time, she achieved her certified prescribed burn manager status as well as other certifications to enable her to better preserve the lands she was charged with restoring and protecting. She has also assisted multiple agencies with prescribed fire through trainings and knowledge exchanges over the years. Prior to her work with Florida Park Service, Rianna spent several years with a non-profit organization working with at-risk youth.
Lee Anderson Louy, EdD
Director of Philanthropic Services
Lee Anderson Louy joined NFLT in 2021 and serves as the Director of Philanthropic Services. Lee helps individuals and organizations develop and achieve their philanthropic goals. Bringing over a decade of nonprofit leadership and donor experience, Lee is passionate about advancing the NFLT mission for Jacksonville and beyond.
Before working for NFLT, Lee worked as the Director of Development with the University of North Florida, focusing on developing and nurturing long-term relationships on behalf of the University. She was with the University for nearly nine years, and prior, Lee served as the Director of the Bennie Furlong Senior Center with the City of Jacksonville. Lee graduated from the University of North Florida with a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, holds a master’s degree in Public Administration, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Services Administration from Florida State University.
Lee is a Jacksonville native with a deep admiration for the Northeast Florida region and is invested in creating a lasting impact in our community.
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.
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.
Ivana Gavric joined NFLT in 2021 and assists as the Operations Manager. She helps the operations team with administrative tasks and is the friendly face you see when you walk in the door. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s in Business Management and minor in Leadership.
Manager of Operations
Brenna Blake joined NFLT in 2021 as the Manager of Operations. She is currently working on her bachelor's degree in business administration. Brenna has 6 years of experience in management and she is very honored to be working to help better our communities and lands of North Florida. Previously from California, Brenna moved to Florida in November of 2020 and is excited to start her new journey at NFLT. Her goal is to make a positive impact on the community and help to make change.