PLC Partnerships and Updates Grand Opening of Little Orange Creek Nature Park and Preserve occurred on January 22, 2017. The Mayor, of Hawthorne, Matthew Currency with several dignitaries from local City and County government in attendance outlined the history and significance of the Park and Preserve to the local community. The Grand opening also included the dedication of the Environmental education center in the name of Dr. Kathy Cantwell of the Putnam...
PLC’s Spring 2017 fundraiser will take place at Little Orange Creek Nature Park on Saturday May 6th, from 5-9 pm. A light meal including vegetarian/vegan, Music by “Dim Lights”, local wines, craft beer tasting, silent auction with items and art from local artisans, family activities to explore the park.The Park is located 0.6 miles west of the Putnam/Alachua County line and 1.3 miles east of US 301 at 24115 SE Hawthorne Road (SR 20)....
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. The past 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...
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