Land Conservation

"Surface Water or Ground Water... somebody, some day, somewhere is going to have the opportunity to drink that water. Best keep it clean." - Anonymous       Check back for new thoughts and quotes. Send your suggestions to us by clicking here.

Mission Statement:

To acquire, manage and improve environmentally significant lands to protect water resources, wildlife habitat, and to provide natural areas suitable for resource-based recreation.

Vision and Values:

Alachua County Forever will be a conscientious, innovative, progressive leader in land conservation and use acquisition, stewardship and funding development practices to preserve the environmental integrity of Alachua County and improve the quality of life for current and future generations.


  1. To be accountable to the taxpayers.
  2. To acquire the most environmentally significant habitats.
  3. To use a 'No Loss of Conservation Values' stewardship ethic.
  4. To treat partners, landowners and sellers with respect.
  5. To leverage the County's local investment.
  6. To encourage a community land ethic.
Breaking News

Click here for news12/15/2014: City and County Move Forward with Sandhill Habitat Restoration at Boulware Springs Nature Park and Sweetwater Preserve. The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department and the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department are happy to announce the upcoming habitat restoration projects at Boulware Springs Nature Park located at 3300 SE 15 Street and at Sweetwater Preserve located at 95 SE Williston Road. The long-term goal of the restoration is to bring back the former Sandhill habitat and restore biodiversity to the site. This work will be initiated before the end of this year, with the removal of hardwood trees not native to Sandhill habitat. For more, click on this link


Alachua County Forever Project Map and List

Check back regularly for updates from your Land Conservation Program.

ACF project map



General Program Brochure 

Quarterly Reports

ACF Dashboard

Acquisition List protected: 23,944
With Direct ACF funding: 19,285
Remaining on List: 27,246
Under contract: 10
Value of land protected: $105,610,976
County share: $37,661,732
Partner share: $67,949,245
Managed by County: 10,662
Managed by Partners: 8,624
Acreage open now: 12,817
To be opened in next 5 years*: 4,693

*Guided group tours can be arranged
As of 8/11/2014

Alachua County Forever Program Staff

Ramesh P. Buch CPM, CPRP
Program Manager

Sandra Vardaman
Lands Biologist

Kelly McPherson
Sr. Environmental Specialist

Susie Hetrick
Sr. Environmental Specialist

Bob Kennedy
Environmental Specialist

Kevin Ratkus
Environmental Specialist

Stephen Montgomery
Environmental Specialist Forester

David Hoyt
Sr. Environmental Specialist Prescribed Fire

Contact Us

  • Land Conservation
  • 408 West University Ave., Suite 106
  • Gainesville, FL 32601
  • Phone: 352-264-6800
  • Fax: 352-264-6852

Quick Links