LOCAL PEOPLE...SAVING LOCAL LANDS
The Bay County Conservancy (BCC) is a land trust dedicated to the preservation of environmentally sensitive lands in Northwest Florida.
We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and a member of the national Land Trust Alliance. Our goal is to acquire land that will enhance the present and future natural resources of this area. With the panhandle’s rapid growth rate, these lands and natural resources are under constant pressure and threat of development.
Environmentally important land areas, such as endangered wetlands, will be purchased or accepted as tax-exempt donations. Land can also be preserved through conservation easements. An easement is a contract between a landowner and the Bay County Conservancy that protects certain natural resources of the land while leaving the landowner in possession and with some use of the land.
SUCH LAND AREAS PROVIDE MANY BENEFITS:
| wildlife habitat
|| air cleansing
| stormwater retention
|| recreation and education
| aquifer recharge
|| green space for human renewal
HOW DID BCC GET STARTED?
The Bay County Conservancy was formed in 1998 to hold title to 30 acres of wetlands in the middle of Panama City, Florida.
BCC now owns 18 preserves in 5 counties (totaling approximately 286 acres) and so has added “The Land Conservancy of Northwest Florida” to its name.
YOU CAN HELP...
Land conservation is truly an area where individuals can make a difference. Preserve the Panhandle’s natural environment by joining others who value clean water, open space, and diversity of plants and animals. Become a member of the Bay County Conservancy - The Land Conservancy of Northwest Florida. Volunteer your energy and abilities, donate money or land, and spread the word!