The Conservation Trust for Florida is partnering with the Alachua Audubon Society to keep the entire 6.5 mile trail open at Barr Hammock Preserve.
Due to the privacy concerns of a few neighboring families, the Alachua County Commission will entertain a request to close a portion of the trail during their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 28th at 5 PM.
Closing the section nearest to these families would essentially cut off access to the majority of the trail to us all. The Conservation Trust is suggesting several actions to address the concerns of these landowners, but in the meantime.....
You can help keep the trail open!
1. Attend the County Commission meeting on Tuesday, October 28th at 5 pm.
(Wear a "Keep the Barr Open" sticker at the meeting. Thanks to Alachua Audubon Society for printing stickers!)
3. Submit a letter (<150 words) to the Gainesville Sun here.
4. Schedule a meeting with Commissioners Chuck Chestnut, Lee Pinkoson, or Susan Baird and tell them how important it is to keep the Barr Hammock Trail open in its entirety. Schedule the meeting through Devin or LaToya at 352-264-6900.
In the Summer 2014 issue, read how the CTF continues to be on the forefront of landscape-scale conservation in Florida. You'll learn about a conceptual framework for a network of protected lands that would join the Ocala National Forest to the Matanzas River. You'll also see how CTF helped facilitate Florida's purchase of 156 acres on the St. Johns River to connect the Wekiva River and Ocala National Forest. We invite you to make conservation history with us. Please give to the Conservation Trust today.
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Over the next 5 years the CTF will engage private landowners in some of the most critical conservation areas of the state, and work to bridge conservation and private lands to protect Florida's diverse wildlife, agricultural heritage, outdoor recreation opportunities and quality of life.
Conservation Trust for Florida’s FREE Barr Hammock Preserve Family Nature Club Valentine’s Hike
Led by Gainesville Ecotours, photos by Terri Mashour
Gainesville Ecotours led a Family Nature Club “Alphabet Hike” for children at the Barr Hammock Levy Prairie Preserve on Saturday, February 15, 2014. The event was sponsored by the Conservation Trust for Florida. Sixteen parents and 22 children set out to find, “A is for Ants, Alligators, and P is for Plants!” The preserve is owned by Alachua County, but the Conservation Trust for Florida and Alachua County partner to provide outreach activities at the preserve.