OSPREY, FL Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast honored philanthropist Elizabeth Moore as its 2016 Conservation Partner of the Year, for her pivotal role in the recent achievement of protecting Triangle Ranch forever. Moore stated that after visiting the ranch, watching the many birds in the wetlands, seeing three miles of the Myakka River wend its way through the property, and learning of the challenge to save it, “I felt a spark of mission and responsibility ignite in my heart.”
Moore purchased the ranch with permanent conservation restrictions in place, and is enthusiastic about restoring it to its natural potential. “The first and foremost reason I bought Triangle Ranch was to save this beautiful tract of land for wildlife, for watershed and for gentle human activities.”
The three-year journey to save Triangle Ranch was full of challenges and setbacks as Conservation Foundation negotiated with a number of funding partners. The complex work was not possible without the significant philanthropic legal time given by three local attorneys, and Conservation Foundation honored the Law Office of Robert K. Lincoln, Robert Lincoln and Stacy Dillard-Spahn; and Alyssa Nohren of Icard Merrill, as Conservation Volunteers of the Year.
The saving of Triangle required a collaborative patchwork of funding from numerous public and private partners including the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation, and the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation.
“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 to 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 impact Conservation Foundation facilitates: landscape-scale projects that enhance water quality and benefit plants, animals and people.”
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast saves land, forever, protecting those special natural lands that make this region extraordinary. Working with landowners, businesses, and government, Conservation Foundation protects 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 conservation agreements and educates for responsible land and water stewardship in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties. Learn more at www.conservationfoundation.com.