Alachua Conservation TrustAlachua Conservation Trust

ACT protects the natural, historic, scenic and recreational resources in and around Alachua County, Florida

7204 SE County Road 234 :: Gainesville, Florida 32641 :: Phone 352.373.1078

By John Moran
By John Moran


Mourning the loss of one of our own

Ryan Crowder had a passion for the well-being of marginalized peoples and the protection of natural areas

Larry Harris Memorial

Sunday,  October 24th
Join us for an afternoon of memories and good cheer as we celebrate the life of Dr. Larry D. Harris, conservation biologist, author, colleague, mentor and friend.

ACT mourns the passing of a longtime supporter and groundbreaking environmental activist

Kathy Cantwell lives on in Alachua County Forever and the Putnam Land Conservancy

Florida springs advocate Wes Skiles will be dearly missed

The internationally renowned nature photographer leaves a legacy in images

ACT’s Wetlands Conservation featured in ACJV Newsletter

The North Florida Wetlands Conservation Project

Potano Paddling Trail now an official State-Designated Paddling Trail

Kayak or canoe more than five miles of beautiful Newnan’s Lake and Prairie Creek!

Thank you for voting yes for City Charter Amendment 2!

City parks and conservation lands will not be on a “Registry of Protected Public Places”

Migratory Bird Habitat Conserved on Two Alachua County Prairies

In October and December, the US Fish and Wildlife Service provided grants totaling $1 million to Alachua Conservation Trust to protect two wet prairies.

Planners Recognize ACT as “Outstanding”

Alachua Conservation Trust has been recognized as Florida’s “Outstanding Public Interest Group” by the American Planning Association’s state chapter.

Phifer Flatwoods Preserve is now open!

Alachua County Forever and Alachua Conservation Trust, Inc. celebrated the acquisition and opening of Phifer Flatwoods Preserve

Our next big project: 20 mile rail-trail and Santa Fe River Preserve

The proposed trail meanders through small-town Florida, and the preserve will protect more than 550 acres along the scenic Santa Fe River.

City of Gainesville Acquires Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Park with Major Gift

The City of Gainesville will soon have a new nature park, made possible through a grant of $3.6 million to the City from Florida Communities Trust. The landowner, Home
Depot, also made the park possible though a bargain sale of the land and the creation of a trust fund earmarked for park improvements.The grant proposal, real estate transaction and gift agreement were negotiated by Alachua Conservation Trust, Inc., a local land trust.

ACT’s list of projects reads like the history of this place

with native and pioneer names like Tuscawilla, Phifer, Lochloosa, Serenola, Haile, Hartzog, Saarinen, Yankeetown, and of course, Pithlachochoo.

Conservation Easement Protects Retirement Home for Horses

The Retirement Home for Horses granted a conservation easement over their 245-acre property to Alachua Conservation Trust.

Tax Benefits for Conservation Easements Expanded

On August 3rd, Congress made important changes to rules affecting conservation easements that should be of interest to anybody who would like to preserve their land.  Before we summarize these changes, it’s important to understand how conservation easements work.