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Member of the Land Trust Alliance

The Indian River Land Trust promotes the preservation and conservation of natural resources and special places in Indian River County, Florida. The general public and future generations will benefit by land that is protected by our efforts. IRLT engages in land acquisition, education and research. We also work with other organizations who have related objectives.

WHAT IS A LAND TRUST?

Land Trusts are nonprofit organizations focused on protecting land that is special for one reason or another. Since 1982 1,280 local conservation organizations have protected more than 6.2 million acres (an area roughly twice the size of the state of Connecticut) and each year protect an average 500,000 additional acres. Despite the growing effectiveness of land trusts, two million acres of agricultural and natural lands are lost to development every year in the United States.

The Indian River

The Indian River Land Trust was formed in 1990. Since that time we have:Purchased and restored McKee Botanical GardenHelped protect Jungle Trail and Pelican Island Wildlife RefugeEstablished a fund for the Archie Carr Refuge for Sea Turtles Commissioned the county’s first environmental land study.

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FORT DRUM MARSH CONSERVATION AREA

Fort Drum Marsh Conservation Area encompassess 20,859 acres of freshwater marsh, forested wetlands, abandoned pasture and native range. The marsh area represents the southernmost reach of the St. Johns River’s headwaters. There is something for everyone at Fort Drum. Can’t walk far or just don’t want to get out of the car? That’s ok –

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HAVING TRUST IN LAND

 by Katie Campbell, Vero Beach Press Journal Staff Writer Sunday, March 27, 2004  .Here’s the choice: Sprawling pastures with cattle grazing in the distance or sprawling subdivisions with houses sprouting on the horizon. “People are finally figuring out the farms and ranches are the best bet we have for preserving Florida,” said John Tallent, director

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Member of the Land Trust Alliance

The Indian River Land Trust promotes the preservation and conservation of natural resources and special places in Indian River County, Florida. The general public and future generations will benefit by land that is protected by our efforts. IRLT engages in land acquisition, education and research. We also work with other organizations who have related objectives.

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Beautiful and serene parts of Indian River County that are little known and not too far away.