Jacksonville, Fla., April 5, 2018 – North Florida Land Trust is pleased to announce they have named nearly 80 acres of land they acquired along the Ortega River for the Lane Family. Helen Lane, the matriarch of the family, spearheaded the family’s donation to cover the cost of the acquisition. The land, which NFLT acquired last year, has high ecological value and is within the 112,346 acres of land identified in NFLT’s Preservation Portfolio.
“We are grateful to the Lane family for their generous gift,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “Mrs. Lane, who lives along the Ortega River, has a great affinity for the river and the natural beauty that Ortega offers. The family’s donation will help us preserve this natural floodplain swamp, which is important to the resiliency of the river. The wetlands filter out pollutants, buffer upland areas from flood events and provide freshwater habitat for wildlife.”
The City of Jacksonville began preservation efforts in the area with the creation of Ringhaver Park and NFLT is expanding on those efforts. The Lane Family Tract, located along Collins Road near I-295 and Blanding Blvd., is now part of NFLT’s Ortega River Preserve and protects cypress swamp along the historic Ortega River. It is mostly wetlands, but there is one upland location that NFLT is considering for a public kayak or canoe launch.
Mrs. Lane, along with her children, Edward, Palmer, Anna and Charlie, offered the donation in fond memory of Mrs. Lane’s late husband and the children’s father, Edward Lane. Their donation elevates NFLT’s preservation efforts along the Ortega River with hope that others will follow their lead to help protect these special lands.
“I wish everyone in Jacksonville could come out here to see this,” said Helen Lane. “To hear the silence.”
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a non-profit organization who serves as a champion of land conservation primarily in Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns, Union and Volusia counties. NFLT was founded in 1999 and has protected thousands of acres of environmentally significant land including land at Big Talbot Island, the River Branch Preserve, Pumpkin Hill, Moccasin Slough, along the St. Mary’s River and other valued natural areas in Northeast Florida. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with private landowners and other public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations. For more information, visit www.northfloridalandtrust.org.