Nonprofit will serve as the real estate partner for conservation lands
Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 20, 2018 – North Florida Land Trust has partnered with the Suwannee River Water Management District to assist them in the acquisition of conservation lands. NFLT will serve as an acquisition facilitator for the District and will negotiate purchases or donations of conservation lands or easements. NFLT will lead the due diligence process including surveys, appraisals, title work and environmental assessments. When necessary, the land conservation organization will also work to identify funding from conservation partners.
The District’s mission to manage water and natural resources within north-central Florida includes the conservation of land, which provides both flood and water quality protection. NFLT’s mission aligns with the District’s and the two organizations have worked together in the past to protect land surrounding Camp Blanding and within the Ocala to Osceola, or O2O, critical wildlife corridor. Building on past project success, the District asked NFLT to support this portion of their mission.
“Land conservation, whether through purchase or easement, is vital to supporting the mission of the District,” said Hugh Thomas, executive director of the District. “North Florida Land Trust is a proven partner that will allow us to better serve the citizens of the Suwannee Valley and protect our natural resources.”
“The boundaries of the District are within a portion of our service area and it just makes sense for us to work with them to conserve these lands to protect the water and natural resources,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “Facilitating acquisitions is part of what we offer, if it aligns with our preservation mission. We do these types of transactions all the time, so we are familiar with the process and are honored the District chose us to help preserve these environmentally sensitive lands.”
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a non-profit organization who serves as a champion of environmental protection in Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Union and Volusia counties expanding westward across the District. 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 State Park, 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.