Give to North Florida Land Trust on Giving Tuesday to preserve land along the Guana River

Donations will be used to purchase property located on A1A North

Jacksonville, Fla., Nov. 22, 2017— Giving Tuesday is coming up on Nov. 28 and North Florida Land Trust is asking for donations to purchase land for preservation at the headwaters of the Guana River. It was put up for sale for residential or multifamily development The property is located next to the McGarvey-Goelz Preserve, which the nonprofit land conservation organization has owned since 2004. NFLT approached the realtor and negotiated a price of $400,000 to purchase the land for preservation.

“We have focused our Giving Tuesday efforts on raising the money needed to purchase this land, which would give us access to property we already own and allow for public access for picnicking, canoeing and kayaking,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “We have received commitments for $140,000, but still need to raise $285,000 to acquire the land, manage it and make the improvements that would be needed for the public. Unfortunately, a great amount of A1A is already developed, but we have the amazing opportunity to protect this land along the Guana River and keep it as a natural resource.”

The land, located at 1105 A1A North, is a wetland parcel with 0.55 acres of uplands. It contains a mixture of live oak hammock and cabbage palm that is surrounded by freshwater wetlands of the Guana River. It is quality marsh habitat rich with wildlife including roseate spoonbills, tricolored herons, great egrets, snowy egrets, white ibis and clapper rails. It is among the 112,346 acres in NFLT’s seven-county focus area that is deemed in critical need of preservation.

The Guana River is the northernmost waterway feeding into the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve). It is one of 28 coastal sites designated to protect and study estuarine systems in the U.S. NFLT said this stretch of freshwater marsh and upland maritime hammock that is for sale is vital to the adaptability to this estuarine system under sea level rise. NFLT believes ownership and management of this land is critical to ensure the future health of the GTM Research Reserve.

Donations for Giving Tuesday can be made at www.northfloridalandtrust.org/giving-tuesday/.  Donations can also be sent to North Florida Land Trust, 2038 Gilmore St., Jacksonville, FL 32204. For further information, contact Jim McCarthy at jmccarthy@northfloridalandtrust.org or call (904) 479-1967.

About North Florida Land Trust

North Florida Land Trust is a non-profit organization who serves as a 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 www.northfloridalandtrust.org.