As our major habitat restoration project at Lemon Creek Wildflower Preserve moves to completion, responsibility for ongoing management, maintenance and enhancement of the preserve shifts fully to our Lemon Bay Conservancy team.
One major challenge will be continuing to control the regrowth of invasive species from the seed banks that are present in the soils at the preserve. Experts tell us we should budget at least $500 per acre per year for invasive management. The preserve is just under 80-acres, so we need to budget $40,000 for this effort for 2021.
Another major effort we’d like to undertake in 2021 is the planting of additional native trees, shrubs and grasses at the preserve. It costs approximately $25,000 to plant a mix of 3,000 trees, shrubs and clumping grasses. We’d like to reach $50,000 in donations for 2021 to allow us to double that number to 6,000 additional plants!
Even though LBC is a non-profit, you may be surprised to learn that taxes remain a major expense. We still must pay the County over $12,000 per year in non-ad valorem taxes on the preserve property.
Please help us address these major funding needs byby making your special donation today!
You can also donate by calling us at the office at 941-830-8922. Thank you!