North Florida Land Trust Welcomes New Member to its Board of Directors

Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 19, 2018 – North Florida Land Trust has added a new member to its board of directors. Shawna Newman was recently elected to the board and will serve a three-year term.

Newman is the president and owner of The NDN Companies, Inc, an environmental construction and consulting firm. She manages environmental projects for private, tribal, state and federal entities. Newman is of Chickasaw and Choctaw decent and grew up outside the Poarch Creek Reservation in Pensacola, FL. She earned her Bachelor of Science in environmental science from the University of West Florida and has more than 19 years of experience in environmental and tribal coordination projects.

“We are happy to have Ms. Newman on board and look forward to her input as we continue our work to preserve lands throughout Florida,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “Ms. Newman understands the value of land and the need for preservation. Her background in environmental science and her personal connection to the preservation of tribal lands will make her a true asset.”

Newman serves on the STEM Education Board for the Society of American Military Engineers National where she represents the Native communities and makes sure the programs are getting to tribal representatives in the eastern U.S. She also is a volunteer with the Florida Governors Council on Indian Affairs and teaches their Summer Native Youth STEM program.

Newman joins a diverse group of professionals from throughout North Florida who serve on NFLT’s board. There are six members at large, a chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer who each serve for a term of three years.

About North Florida Land Trust

North Florida Land Trust is a nonprofit organization and champion of environmental protection primarily in Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Union and Volusia counties. NFLT was founded in 1999 and has protected thousands of acres of environmentally significant land including property 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 predominantly 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