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The North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) is getting a $450,000 grant from the Houston-based EJK Foundation to support efforts in the Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor.

Bogey Creek Preserve
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The Bogey Creek Preserve park in Jacksonville will reopen on Tuesday for the first time since mid-March, when it was closed due to the coronavirus.

Marshes on Amelia Island.
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Nassau County and the North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) will host an online public workshop to discuss the county’s land conservation efforts.

Map showing the location of the purchased land
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The North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) has acquired 577.9 acres of land that protects more than 3 miles of Black Creek shoreline in Clay County.

Wetland Preserve
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The Florida Cabinet voted Tuesday to approve a $2.8 million conservation easement on Wetland Preserve in Putnam County.

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One of the last remaining undeveloped waterfront properties in St. Augustine could soon belong to the state of Florida.

Fish Island is one of three parcels of land the governor and state cabinet could decide to buy with money from the Florida Forever conservation fund.

A red cockaded woodpecker.
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The North Florida Land Trust says an endangered woodpecker recently found at Camp Blanding in Clay County proves that a big preservation project is working.

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More than 1,100 acres of environmentally sensitive land in Putnam and Clay counties are now under the protection of the North Florida Land Trust.

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Democratic Attorney General candidate Sean Shaw, who is currently a state representative (01:20).

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A conservation team led by the North Florida Land Trust is getting more than $3.5 million in federal funding to help protect the Ocala to Osceola wildlife corridor, which is also known as O2O.

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Homes along Black Creek in Clay County were among some of the hardest hit by the flooding that followed Hurricane Irma. 


Friday on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly media roundtable included David Cawton from the Financial News and Daily Record and blogger Fred Matthews (00:57). We spoke with “1A” host Joshua Johnson (33:30) and heard about the latest effort to preserve public land from North Florida Land Trust President Jim McCarthy (44:15). 

   

Bogey Creek Preserve
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The North Florida Land Trust conservation group has secured funding to purchase 63 acres of land to turn into a public park bordering the Timucuan Ecological area.

Two anonymous donors helped clear the $1 million bar to buying what’s called the Bogey Creek Preserve.


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Corrected 7/24: This story was corrected to clarify that the hospital operated in the building for only about a decade. The original version of this story incorrectly stated that the building housed the hospital from 1855 until 1964. We regret the error. 

Historic Brewster Hospital in Jacksonville’s LaVilla neighborhood could soon become the North Florida Land Trust’s new headquarters.

The Florida Legislature might vote to stop allocating money to the Florida Land Acquisition Trust Fund in the upcoming budget.

However, Jim McCarthy, chair of the North Florida Land Trust, said this goes against Amendment 1, which was passed by Florida voters by more than 70 percent in 2014, and shared his concerns about the issue Tuesday on First Coast Connect.

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect," we spoke with North Florida Land Trust President Jim McCarthy (1:02) about the legislature moving to zero out Florida Forever funding despite the passage of Amendment 1, the law voters approved in 2014 to earmark preservation dollars. Vicky Gunning  (24:24), managing partner of the Dallas office of Locke Lord and co-chair of the firm’s real estate and real estate finance practice, previewed her talk Tuesday about closing the pay gap with Jacksonville’s Commercial Real Estate Women. Terrell Hogan attorneys Matt Sowell and Fadi Chakour (35:25) talked about the dangers of brain stem strokes and Florida Theatre executive director Numa Saisselin (41:57) talked about the venue’s 90th anniversary. 

 

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The North Florida Land Trust tripled its lifetime land ownership in 2016, preserving more than 12,000 acres of undeveloped terrain.

Land Trust Executive Director Jim McCarthy said it was the best year in the environmental organization’s 18 years.


On First Coast Connect Thursday we spoke with the owner of Jacksonville’s minor league baseball team Ken Babby about the team’s controversial name change. We also spoke with North Florida Land Trust Executive Director Jim McCarthy about a way landowners can receive an additional tax deduction for 2016.   

  

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The North Florida Land Trust announced Tuesday it expects to take over a Spanish-American War Fort off Fort Caroline Road in November.

But the organization must first come up with $21,000 dollars over the next month.


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The North Florida Land Trust is launching one of its most ambitious plans yet — it’s aiming to preserve more than 112,000 acres at once.

The trust is asking businesses and philanthropists for help raising the estimated $215 million required. But environmentalists said that’s because lawmakers are underfunding the state’s conservation program.


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The North Florida Land Trust is launching an ambitious project to conserve more land in North Florida.

The nonprofit is planning to create a 112,000 acre "Preservation Portfolio" of land they say is in critical need of preservation. This includes territory in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties.

The estimated cost of purchasing the acreage is $216 million.

Jim McCarthy, executive director of the North Florida Land Trust, joins us to discuss the project and how they are raising funds for it.

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A fundraiser to buy a Spanish-American War fort may get some help from Jacksonville.

The North Florida Land Trust is trying to raise $400,000 dollars to keep the fort from being demolished.

City money could help reach that goal more quickly.

beach at Big Talbot Island
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The North Florida Land Trust is about to release its annual list of threatened lands that are a priority for purchase.

In this week’s “Business Brief,” analyst John Burr tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the nonprofit is trying a new strategy to attract businesses and governments to invest in environmental conservation.


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A Jacksonville conservation group is calling on Northeast Florida residents to chip in for the cost of preserving a Spanish-American War fort.

The North Florida Land Trust has staked its claim to the old ruins with a one-year land lease.

Now, the property’s owners want hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete the sale. 


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Jacksonville conservationists are urging Duval County lawmakers to use more Amendment 1 money to buy conservation land around the First Coast.

The pleas at Monday’s Duval Delegation meeting came amidst an ongoing court battle pitting environmentalists against state officials who say the money was spent correctly.

One environmental preservation group says it’s losing projects as a direct result of what it calls a misappropriation of state funds.  


This week, Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. (JCCI) will release the results of its "ReThink Aging" study into finding ways to maximize the quality of life for senior citizens on the First Coast. We discuss making this area an age-friendly region with Jeff Johnson, state director for AARP Florida. Johnson will be the keynote speaker at JCCI's annual meeting this week.

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Environmental groups in Northeast Florida are criticizing state legislators on how they are shifting funds for an amendment passed last November.

The groups say Amendment 1’s original purpose was to fund the Land Acquisition Trust Fund which would then acquire, restore and manage conservation lands.

But now representatives from groups like the North Florida Land Trust are concerned legislators are using funds from Amendment for things other than land purchases.

The North Florida Land Trust purchases land for conservation and preservation.

The search for missing Jacksonville toddler Lonzie Barton enters its sixth day Tuesday. We discuss the latest updates with criminal justice analyst Dale Carson.


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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.

We speak with outgoing Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown about his term at City Hall. New mayor Lenny Curry takes office in July.


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