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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.

marsh grasses
Jacksonville Daily Record

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.

North Florida Land Trust

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).

North Florida Land Trust

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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