Saving land is our primary purpose. Lemon Bay Conservancy identifies properties that may qualify as environmentally sensitive using a sophisticated process based on sound science. Lands are evaluated for five primary criteria: Quality, manageability, rarity, connectivity, and water resources. Other properties may be desirable because of the opportunity to increase existing preserved lands; such as Buck Creek Preserve Annex. The existence of an historical artifact can make a site desirable as is the case of the Indian Mound Village project.
Properties can be nominated for consideration by the general public, but the Conservancy reserves the right to prioritize our interest.
We are currently actively pursuing five properties. Due to limited resources and staffing constraints, it is unlikely that the Conservancy will be able to acquire these properties alone. To strengthen our ability to protect land, we are working to form alliances with like-minded organizations such as Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Trust for Public Lands.
Environmental education is the second objective of Lemon Bay Conservancy.
The Conservancy also partners with other organizations to spread the word about our beautiful and fragile Southwest Florida environment: The Nature Festival hosted by Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program; Tree Festival hosted by People for Trees; Welcome Back Turtles hosted by Coastal Wildlife Club; and co-hosted lectures and events partnering with affiliates like Friends of Boca Grande Community Center, Sierra Club, and Barrier Island Parks Society.
The Conservancy newsletter brings important information to the environmental community twice a year.
Bulletins are sent to our constituency when important issues are under consideration by local, state and federal government that will affect our quality of life.
Advocacy is the third component of the Lemon Bay Conservancy mission. Alone and hand in hand with other organizations we seek to serve as a voice for the people.
Addressing many issues, our comments are received as well considered and non-inflammatory.
Our goal is to find compromise that will protect and preserve open space, wildlife habitat, and a quality lifestyle for our residents and visitors alike
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