North Florida Nonprofit Helps Build Tool To Plan For Climate Change

Jun 24, 2015

Big Talbot Island is one of North Florida Land Trust's preservation projects. Hudson says the nonprofit collects data by mapping rising sea levels across North Florida.
Credit North Florida Land Trust

A North Florida nonprofit group is working on a toolkit to help conservation groups across the country respond to climate change.

North Florida Land Trust is creating a database with information about rising sea levels in different parts of the country.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” Marc Hudson, Land Protection Director for the North Florida Land Trust talked about the group’s work.

Hudson says the nonprofit collects data by mapping rising sea levels across North Florida.

“For the last two years we’ve been working on gathering case studies, GSI data, mapping data, all kinds of different resources and putting it together for the general public to use,” Hudson said.

He says the group is one of very few conservation agencies across the country that have done this.

“And so we were asked by the [Land Trust Alliance] to participate in the creation of this toolkit,” Hudson said.

North Florida Land Trust is the local chapter of the Land Trust Alliance, which is a national conservation organization.

Hudson says the nonprofit is primarily a land acquisition entity, and it holds onto about 34,000 acres of property in Jacksonville.

“We actually try to purchase property for new parks, preserves, things like that,” Hudson said.

Hudson says the process of sharing this kind of information is going to be absolutely essential to combating the effects of climate change.

Listen to the full conversation with Marc Hudson on Wednesday’s episode of the “First Coast Connect” podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.