Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC)
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LEGACY INSTITUTE FOR NATURE & CULTURE
Focusing on Florida's Natural & Cultural Heritage
IN THIS ISSUE LINC's Florida Forever Program Provides Essential Focus Florida Forever Success in 2010 Florida Springs Painter Finds Conservation "Inescapable" Meet LINC's New Executive Director Florida Forever Exhibit
LINC is a conservation communications organization designed to strengthen the message of our partner artists and storytellers to inspire the protection of Florida's natural and cultural heritage. LINC extends its non-profit status to enhance fund-raising for like-minded projects, facilitate media outreach, and assist emerging conservation artists focused on Florida.
LINC's Florida Forever Program
Provides Essential Focus
LINC's photographic exhibit and the 2011 Florida Forever calendars made the Florida Forever Coalition highly visible on the festive first day of the legislative session.The calendars were distributed throughout the capitol, and seemed to resonate with many of the legislators. To date, both the Florida House and Senate have passed their respective budgets-with the House budget of $66.5 billion, and the Senate budget of $70.1 billion. Florida Forever is not funded in the House budget. The Florida Senate, however, has proposed a different method of funding Florida Forever. Read More
Florida Forever Success in 2010
2009 Adams Ranch Calendar Feature Protected in 2010
One of the conservation easements acquired in November 2010 was from the Adams Ranch, a Florida Forever property showcased in the 2009 LINC Florida Forever Calendar.
Even though Florida Forever had recently included the Adams property in its "Top Ten" list of agricultural lands at risk of being lost forever, the State determined that it did not have the funding necessary to buy development rights for the entire ranch. But because of the ranch's significant environmental and cultural value, the State was able to purchase conservation easements on 782 of the most critical acres.
National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area
LINC Partner Live Oak Production Group is currently developing the documentary, Kissimmee Basin: Northern Everglades that will air on Public Television later this year. Filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus will be putting his magic to a project similar to the stunning Big Cypress Swamp - The Western Everglades that was a Public Television favorite in 2010."At first we thought it was going to be a story about the Kissimmee River-
Florida Springs Painter
Finds Conservation "Inescapable"
By T. DeLene Beeland
Meet LINC's New Executive Director,
"I think the most thrilling part of working with LINC is the mission of connecting environmental issues with cultural issues. I learned very early on in my career that science and engineering alone would not inspire residents and tourists to connect with the peninsula's natural heritage. They needed 'the story'-how the environment shapes people and how people shape the environment." Read More
In addition to the Florida Forever calendar, LINC's program also includes a Florida Forever Exhibit featuring 24 of the photographs from the 2009 and 2010 calendars. The breathtaking 30x45" prints are mounted to fiberboard for a museum-quality presentation. Each photograph includes a detailed caption with facts about the property's size, value, rare species, habitats, and conservation significance.
The collection is currently being scheduled for exhibits at museums, cultural institutions, and other venues throughout the state such as the Florida Association of Counties annual conference in June 2011. If you would be willing to sponsor an exhibit or the printing of the 2011 images, or know of a venue interested in showcasing the display, please contact mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC) www.linc.us
Margaret Tolbert's experience of Florida's springs changed dramatically the day she donned a facemask and plunked her face below the water's lens-like surface. She says she felt like Alice, crossing through the looking glass into an alter world, where nothing was as it seemed. Up until then, springs were something Tolbert was aware of - they were often in the background at family picnics when she was growing up - but she'd never experienced them. Read MoreRead More Read More