OSPREY, FL (June 14, 2016) The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation recently made two donations, totaling $100,000, to Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast for conservation and restoration efforts on Florida’s Gulf Coast. $50,000 was given toward the permanent protection of the 1,100-acre Triangle Ranch in Manatee County. Protection of Triangle Ranch is critical to protecting over three miles of the Myakka River shoreline and hundreds of acres of wetlands which in turn help protect the river’s health as it flows through 100,000+ acres of conserved land. The land is also important habitat for an array of animals including the Florida panther and the threatened crested caracara.
An additional $50,000 was contributed to support restoration efforts at Pine Island Preserve at Matlacha Pass. Conservation Foundation will begin comprehensive restoration this fall, including pine flatwoods, pasture and hydrological restoration. This restoration will improve habitat for wading birds and gopher tortoises as well as many other animals. The Foundation’s nature preserve is slated to open to the public in 2018.
“We are grateful for this significant partnership with The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation,” notes Christine Johnson, Conservation Foundation president. “We are saving environmentally significant lands in our region, and their support signifies trust in our efforts. We can’t do this work without leading philanthropic partners like The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation.”
The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation seeks to maintain and improve the ecological quality of land in the United States by supporting land and aquatic preservation, enhancement and restoration; and supporting education in sciences and engineering. See their projects at www.restorenature.org.
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast saves land, forever, preserving those special natural lands that make our region extraordinary. Working with landowners, businesses, and government, they 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.