Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast announces the successful acquisition of its 29th conservation project, Myakka River Preserve at Tarpon Point. The project reflects Conservation Foundation’s hallmark collaborative approach, bringing together a conservation-minded landowner and a corporate foundation to preserve Florida’s natural beauty. The project was initiated by Charley Richards, a lifelong conservationist and former Sarasota County commissioner who donated the land to Conservation Foundation. Conservation Foundation developed a plan to restore the property and open it to the public, and The Mosaic Company Foundation provided a grant to fund the work.
Conservation Foundation will restore and beautify the land by replacing invasive plants with native vegetation, adding a kayak landing and creating other amenities for educational and recreational purposes. The completed project will enhance recreation and education on the Lower Myakka River. This site is on the Wild and Scenic Myakka River, a special State designation, and is a good fishing spot for tarpon and snook.
“We are fortunate to have generous and forward-thinking supporters like Charley Richards in our community,” notes Christine P. Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation. “His gift of land was the catalyst. The restoration project is made possible through The Mosaic Company Foundation’s grant, which gives us the resources to return this land to a more natural state and provide appropriate public access. Conservation Foundation’s role is to act as steward in the process and connect people to the land – people who love nature, enjoy the outdoors, and care about wildlife protection.”
About Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is a private, nonprofit land trust working with landowners and regional government to protect and preserve the bays, beaches and barrier islands that define the character and ecology of our region. The Foundation strives to protect the environment, character, and biodiversity of bays, beaches and barrier islands for future generations by holding conservation easements and owning nature preserves, educating for responsible land stewardship, and collaborating with individuals, organizations and communities. Learn more at www.conservationfoundation.com
About The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation
The Mosaic Company is the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. Driven by its mission to help the world grow the food it needs, Mosaic is committed to strengthening global food security and protecting critical water resources. The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation make investments in and partner with best-of-class leaders in the focus areas of food, water and local community investments. For more information on The Mosaic Company and The Mosaic Company Foundation, visit www.mosaicco.com