OSPREY, FL (Dec 9, 2014) The William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation awarded a capping grant of $200,000 to Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, to help permanently conserve up to 1,000 acres adjoining other protected lands along the Myakka River. This conservation project will benefit both people and wildlife within the Myakka River watershed. The grant will cap the fundraising goal, once Conservation Foundation raises $3.8 million toward the property purchase, by the end of 2015.
The ambitious project, called the Myakka Island Conservation Corridor, will protect the Myakka River, restore Myakka River floodplain, expand habitat for rare species, and improve the water flow and quality to Charlotte Harbor National Estuary and the Gulf of Mexico watershed.
“We are grateful for the generosity of the William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation,” stated Christine Johnson, Conservation Foundation president. “Their commitment will help us leverage additional grant funding and excite the support of the community to meet the matching requirement. This project has great impact in our region – protecting watershed which affects drinking water supply, the viability of working ranchlands and recreational opportunities.”
Established in 1955 as a private charitable foundation, the William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation has helped to foster arts, education, human services, historic and environmental initiatives in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto Counties. Learn more at www.selbyfoundation.org .
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast saves land, forever. Conservation Foundation works with landowners, businesses, and government to protect the character and natural integrity of the bays, beaches, barrier islands and their watersheds on Florida’s Gulf Coast. A nationally accredited land trust, the Foundation purchases natural areas, holds land preservation agreements and educates for responsible land and water stewardship in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties. Learn more at www.conservationfoundation.com