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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 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.
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 Program 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.
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.
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.
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.
Charlotte Bernhard joined NFLT in 2021 as the Stewardship Technician, managing a nesting population of diamondback terrapins. She is responsible for nest monitoring, data management, and support of a volunteer team.
Originally from New York, Charlotte received her bachelor's degree in Wildlife Science, with minors in Environmental Writing & Rhetoric and Marine Science, from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Before working for NFLT, she worked on an Asian longhorn beetle reforestation project, tracked Eastern box turtles using radiotelemetry, and monitored and protected shorebirds.
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.
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.
Brenna Blake joined NFLT in 2021 as the Development Manager. 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.
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.