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Forestland Conservation Easement Signup Announced

Contact:
Crenel Francis
352.338.9508


Landowners with forested lands in Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Marion, and Lake counties can apply for conservation easements with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service by Oct. 15.

 

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Aug. 9, 2019 –Landowners with forested lands in Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Marion, and Lake counties can apply for conservation easements with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service  (NRCS) by Oct. 15.

Conservation easements in these counties are within the Ocala to Osceola Conservation Corridor (O2O), 1.6-million acres of public and private lands that connect the Ocala and Osceola National Forests. Easements will protect these connector lands from development and provide habitat for Florida black bears and imperiled species like the red-cockaded woodpecker, indigo snake and gopher tortoise.

NRCS awarded the O2O $3.56 million in 2018 through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, where a wide variety of partners apply to work on landscape-scale projects selected on a competitive basis. The North Florida Land Trust is the lead partner for O2O.

Landowners can learn more at two workshops covering the benefits and funding opportunities for conservation easements. Representatives from Natural Resources Conservation ServiceNorth Florida Land Trust and other conservation agencies will be available to answer questions and help with the application process.

Workshops

Aug. 29, 6 p.m. 971 W. Duval Street, Lake City, Fla.

Sept. 5, 6 p.m. at Putnam County Extension Center, 111 Yelvington Road Suite 1.  East Palatka, Fla.

For more information contact Crenel Francis, 352.338.9508.