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Click here for newsAugust 4, 2014: The Barr Hammock Levy Loop Trail is OPEN again. It was closed to allow the Army Corps of Engineers repair the levee flood-control system. Call 352-264-6800 for more information.


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.

Alachua County Forever Project Map and List

Check back regularly for updates from your Land Conservation Program.


ACF project map

Land Conservation Fact Sheet

Acquisition List Status Report

General Program Brochure 







Quarterly Reports

FY13 Qtr1  FY13 Qtr2   FY13 Qtr3  FY13 Qtr4

Click here for previous reports

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


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Stephen Montgomery

Environmental Specialist

David Hoyt

Sr. Environmental Specialist
Prescribed Fire

Contact us

408 West University Ave., Suite 106
Gainesville, FL 32601
Ph: 352 264 6800
Fx: 352 264 6852
Email us

ACF Dashboard
Acquisition List protected:         23,944
With Direct ACF funding:           19,285
Remaining on List:                   27,246
Under contract:                                0
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
Thought-provoking Quote

Surface Water or Ground Water... somebody, some day, somewhere is going to have the opportunity to drink that water. Best keep it clean.

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