How can you help the North Florida Land Trust?
Tell your legislators that you support buying additional conservation lands!
Remember the 2014 Land and Water Conservation Amendment which was approved by 75% of Florida’s voters? For the three years since the amendment was passed, legislators have not allocated adequate funds to the Florida Forever programs.
Florida Black Bear footprint on Wetland Preserve, a property in Putnam County on the wait list to receive Rural and Family Lands funding
A History of Land Preservation – Florida Forever and Florida Communities Trust
Florida Forever and Florida Communities Trust are long standing land acquisition programs that have preserved natural places in northeast Florida such as St. Mary’s Shoals (Baker County); Camp Chowenwaw Park (Clay County); Walter Jones Historical Park (Duval County); Princess Place Preserve (Flagler County); Egans Creek Greenway (Nassau); Melrose Park (Putnam County); and Alpine Groves Park (St. Johns County).
A Call to Action – Visit your state senator and representative to let them know:
Please contact your legislators to let them know you support acquisition of additional conservation lands. Find your state senator and representative at http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx
Suggested Responses to Questions
Q – Haven’t we spent enough money already on conservation land?
A – This is not a question of money. The real question is whether we will achieve clean water and healthy natural environments for our growing population.
Q – Legislators used the money for management of existing lands and this is permissible.
A – Sometimes, acquisition is the solution to the management issue, e.g. when development surrounds a protected area. Also, there is sufficient money in the fund ($900M in 2016-17) for both management and acquisitions. We would like to see at least $300M in acquisitions.
Q – Should we spend more money on land instead of jobs?
Florida conservation areas and wildlife draw tourism, which provides many jobs and has a big impact on our economy. Florida State Parks alone brought more than 20.4 million visitors. Towns like Fernandina Beach and St. Augustine depend on their historic and natural beach resources for tourism. Timberland provides jobs as well as recreation.
For more information, contact Andrea Conover, Conservation Advocate, North Florida Land Trust, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-859-8993.