North Florida Land Trust receives donations of two properties in Duval County

Two Jacksonville families donate more than 30 acres to the nonprofit

Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 27, 2017 – North Florida Land Trust has received a gift from two Jacksonville families; more than 30 acres of land. The Wilensky family donated more than 21 acres located near the Jacksonville-Baldwin border and the Hoffman family donated more than eight acres of land located on the Northside of Jacksonville. NFLT will not be keeping the properties, but will instead be using the donations to raise money for their mission. 

“We are very grateful to the Wilensky and Hoffman families for choosing us as the recipient of their generous donations,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “We plan to use these properties to raise money for our mission and will be selling them to interested parties. While we normally accept donations of land for conservation purposes, we accept donations of properties, stocks and other items that we can sell to raise money to support our operations or buy more land. The donor receives the charitable deduction and we advance our mission.”

The Wilensky property is more than 21 acres of land near the Jacksonville-Baldwin border. It was accessed by the NFLT team at Boykin Lane and is separated by the construction of the U.S. 301 bypass. McCarthy said the land has little environmental value but would be good for commercial or industrial use.

The property donated by the Hoffman family is more than eight acres of land located off Vernice Road and Lanier Road on the Northside of Jacksonville. The land is surrounded by private property and is in excellent condition with thriving cypress swamps. The property is also home to an array of wildlife and plant species, including tadpoles and cypress trees. The property does have conservation value, but access is limited by private property and NFLT plans to sell the land to a neighbor.

McCarthy said donations like these allow NFLT to focus their funding on purchasing lands with high conservation value that will benefit the natural ecosystems. Those interested in donating property, stocks or other items to NFLT can contact them at (904) 479-1967 or at jmccarthy@northfloridalandtrust.org

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.