The Ocklawaha Legacy Fund was established to fulfill the vision of the late John Henry Hankinson Jr. John was involved in the restoration of the Ocklawaha and protection of the Silver River since high school. He was raised in Ocala, kept a cabin in the Ocala National Forest, and worked and lived with his family in Putnam County for almost a decade. He had a passion for the people and these special places.
The fund was created to honor his legacy by supporting the ideas and initiatives of non-profit organizations working collaboratively to restore the Ocklawaha and protect the Silver River for people and wildlife. In the years leading up to his death, John worked on a vision to bring together environmental, economic and community interests to restore the basin in a way that would benefit the water resources and economy of Putnam and Marion counties while protecting these historic treasures.