OSPREY, FL (October 6, 2016) Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast announces the achievement of protecting Triangle Ranch in Manatee County. The permanent protection of this beautiful 1,143-acre property, with three miles of the Myakka River flowing through it, was completed yesterday. For the past three years, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast has worked to save Triangle Ranch from future development by bringing together private philanthropic foundations, a government agency, and a private philanthropist.
“Today we celebrate the power of collaboration for a common goal. We are thankful for the foundations and government agency that invest in our region’s natural resources. We are especially thankful for Elizabeth Moore – our conservation angel – for giving so generously to conserve our region’s heritage, natural beauty, and water resources for future generations,” noted Christine Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. “This conservation project epitomizes the type of projects Conservation Foundation facilitates: landscape-scale projects that enhance water quality and benefit plants, animals and people. We are enormously grateful to The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation, Southwest Florida Water Management District and Elizabeth Moore for their funding to ensure the Myakka River and surrounding 1,100+ acres are protected forever.”
Protecting Triangle Ranch is integral to the environmental strength and economic vibrancy of our region. Conserving the ranch protects the Myakka wetlands, the Myakka River’s water quality and biodiversity, as well as provide flood protection. Triangle Ranch has long been listed on the Florida Forever list of crucial properties to conserve.
“I am passionate about being the new steward of this incredibly special place. Over three miles of the Myakka River flow through the ranch and it is home to much wildlife,” noted Elizabeth Moore. “This is a collaborative victory for nature, our waterways and our community.” 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 prairie hammocks and woodlands downstream to Charlotte Harbor, 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.