PLC anniversary fundraiser another successful event for land and water conservation. Over eighty quests and supporters joined our board for a Cajun Boil at Luther Springs on Lake Vause. Music by “Dim Lights” and Florida cracker story-telling provided entertainment for the attendees. Updates concerning conservation efforts and changes in our board were announced. Mr. Robert Virnstein was elected as our new President, with Tim Keser agreeing to...
Earth Skills Weekend at Little Orange Creek Nature Park PLC conducted its sixth annual Florida Earthskills Gathering at Little Orange Creek Nature Park, Feb. 17-21st in Hawthorne. This year’s event again brought about 800 people (many who camped out for the five-day event) from near and far for this environmental education event. It has become a national event and one of the largest of its kind in the country. The gathering focuses on teaching...
Another circle around the sun finds us grateful for all the opportunities and support we have been able to direct toward land and water conservation in and around Putnam County. Last year was another great conservation year thanks to your support. We have focused on important land acquisitions, and forged new partnerships with other land conservation organizations. ”Conserving Land and Water for People and Wildlife.” Conservation takes a community. We...
Conserving Land and Water for People and WildlifeWe promote stewardship of land, through action and education.
Putnam County is one of the last Edens in the state, abundant in woods, forests, fields, farms, lakes, wetlands, and wildlife. These natural resources, together with new road-building projects, put our county under great development pressure.
Development does not pay for itself. Rather, overdevelopment in other parts of Florida has led to higher taxes, gridlocked traffic, devastated agriculture, water shortages, pollution, and habitat loss for fish and wildlife.
Instead, preserving natural resources and native habitat increases the desirability and thus the tax base of a region. Wouldn’t you pay more to live next to park land than next to a factory?
Of course, as Florida naturalist Archie Carr wrote years ago, we save what we love. Many of us grew up in this county on farms, by lakes, or in woods our families worked, loved, and conserved over generations. This personal relationship with place has given many of us an enduring bond with our Putnam County and a committment to protect its integrity and beauty.Learn More
Putnam Land Conservancy (PLC) is a regional, nonprofit Florida land trust dedicated to working cooperatively with landowners and public and private conservation partners to preserve and protect important natural areas and open spaces– including wetlands and waters, forests and farmlands, and environmentally significant habitats–for this and future generations. PLC focuses on Putnam County, but our range of activity comprises the tri-county (Putnam-Alachua-Clay) region.
PLC secures land through gifts and bequests, land donation, direct purchase, and conservation easements. By these means we aim to enable landowners to safeguard in perpetuity the places that define the special character of our region.
PLC also promotes stewardship of land, through action and education, both for restoration and the maintenance of ecosystem integrity. At present, PLC is negotiating with the Florida Department of Transportation to hopefully develop a sound plan for the expansion of SR 20 between Hawthorne and Interlachen that will preserve, if not enhance, the rare pitcher plant bog, Fowler’s Prairie, that stretches out on either side of the thoroughfare.Learn More