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Last week, North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) named Ramesh Buch as its new director of conservation acquisitions. Buch has 30 years of experience in the environmental field with 25 years in land conservation. Buch will...
The nonprofit land conservation organization proposed the property to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and it was recently approved for addition to the Florida Forever Program.
NFLT closed on the property which they purchased from the McGehee family who waited years to sell the land to make sure it would be preserved forever. An anonymous donor, a matching donation from Timucuan Parks Foundation, and donations from the community helped the nonprofit reach the $150,000 needed to complete the purchase.
The 518-acre property is located in western Columbia County within the Ichetucknee Springs Focus Area and the Santa Fe and Suwannee River watersheds.
The nonprofit land conservation organization now must raise $350,000, in just one year, to purchase the property and pay for due diligence and stewardship costs. The property comprised of small wet flatwood islands and saltmarsh is located just north of JTB and is owned by Small Group, LLC. The owner had marketed the property at a purchase price of $3.9 million to build extravagant houses on the nine islands in the marsh. That announcement triggered a significant public outcry.
The nonprofit land conservation organization must now raise just over $1.3 million to purchase the properties and protect the ecological and historically significant land. The land is owned by individuals that could have developed the property. NFLT negotiated with the landowners who agreed to sell the property to the nonprofit.
The 2.7 acres are expected to be used to form a new trailhead for the Willie Browne Trail at the Theodore Roosevelt Area.
NFLT and the county will host the meetings on Saturday, August 15. The first meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Yulee at the James S. Page Complex at 96135 Nassau Place in the outside tent area. The second meeting will take place in Callahan from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the West Nassau Museum of History in the outside tent area at 45383 Dixie Ave.
This marshland is within the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve boundary and will become part of the preserve.