OSPREY, FL (August 30, 2016) Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast announces the achievement of a milestone in the journey to protect Triangle Ranch in Manatee County. Today, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) Governing Board approved the purchase of a perpetual conservation easement of more than 1,088 acres of Triangle Ranch. For the past three years, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast has worked to save Triangle Ranch from future development. SWFWMD’s vote secures $2 million toward the purchase of the conservation agreement, and is a key part in the permanent protection of this important piece of land.
“Today we celebrate the power of many working together for a common goal, and kudos to the SWFWMD officials who recognize the impact of saving Triangle Ranch for the vitality of our community,” noted Christine Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. “This funding is the final piece needed to save this incredible property forever, following on the generous gifts of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation.”
“The Board’s action today allows the District to spend tax payer dollars effectively, which contributes to our core mission of protecting water resources,” said Brian Armstrong, Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. “This purchase increases the connectivity of conservation lands in the watershed.”
Protecting Triangle Ranch is integral to the environmental strength and economic vibrancy of our region. Triangle Ranch is listed on the Florida Forever list of crucial properties to protect in Florida, and is essential to the protection of the Myakka wetlands, the Myakka River’s water quality and biodiversity, as well as flood protection in our region. More than three miles of the Myakka River flows through Triangle Ranch and conserving the ranch protects and provides the opportunity to enhance the natural functions of the surrounding land, water and wetland systems. More than 120 species of birds and numerous animals from the endangered Florida panther to the threatened crested caracara call Triangle Ranch their home. In protecting the land and waters of Triangle Ranch, we ensure our natural areas, from beaches to prairie hammocks and woodlands, stay inviting to people and wildlife.
About Conservation Foundation
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast saves land, forever, preserving those special natural lands that make our region extraordinary. Working with you, 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.