A statewide accredited land trust working to protect Florida's natural and agricultural landscapes for future generations.
was founded in 1999 as Conservation Trust for Florida, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust. Our mission is to work with landowners to save Florida’s natural and agcricultural landscapes for future generations.
To date, we have worked with private landowners, governmental agencies, and partnering nonprofits to protect over 25,000 acres. We are currently leading protection projects totaling over 180,000 acres!
With a reputation for reliability, consistency, and longevity, we continue to build on our foundation of relationships with private landowners in rural communities and strong partnerships with agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Conservation Florida has had an excellent track record of success working within lean budgets. We are run by a small staff of professionals and a dedicated, hard-working board of volunteer directors. Because we keep administration costs low, more of your donation goes toward conservation projects. Our vision is large-scale, and we are 100% committed to conservation in the state of Florida.
In a Nutshell
- We value Florida’s wild AND working landscapes.
- We work to protect networks of land, like the Florida Wildlife Corridor, that will ensure the survival of wildlife, health of natural systems, vitality of rural economies and preservation of outdoor recreational areas and heritage sites.
- We want to make sure these lands are protected for current and future generations so we may all enjoy the benefits of nature and appreciate nature as part of our quality of life.
- We understand the political and economic complexities saving land requires.
- We value cooperation and partnerships.
Our History Drives Us
We were founded in 1999 by David Carr. His father, Archie Carr, was recognized as a leading authority on sea turtles. His mother, Marjorie Harris-Carr, helped establish Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and led efforts to stop the Cross Florida Barge Canal. As the son of pioneering conservationists, he saw firsthand the growing need for a land trust that would focus on protecting Florida’s “working rural landscapes,” which included farms, ranches and timber lands. Since its founding, CFL has expanded its mission to include natural landscapes and has been instrumental in helping to protect over 23,000 acres throughout the state.
Since our formation in 1999, we have earned a reputation of integrity within Florida’s environmental community and have become one of only four Florida land trusts accredited by the prestigious Land Trust Accreditation Commission. We have a strong history of tested policies, structure, processes, and procedures. We use a variety of tools, including conservation easements, to allow landowners to protect their lands long after they are gone.
We have always maintained a vision of land protection on a statewide basis, with the clear understanding that environmental ecology cuts across political and property boundaries. With your support and the dedication of our volunteers and staff, we are uniquely positioned to protect thriving working landscapes, vast wilderness areas, abundant clean water, and ample wildlife habitat from the Everglades to the Panhandle — for nature, for people, forever.
Accredited by the Land Trust Alliance
The accreditation seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. It is awarded to land trusts meeting the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence. Each accredited land trust completes a rigorous review process and joins a network of organizations united by strong ethical practices. This trusted network of land trusts has demonstrated fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership, sound transactions and lasting stewardship of the lands they conserve. For more information on accreditation, visit the LTA website: about-the-seal.