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.