OSPREY, FL Come prepared for a fun-filled morning of community spirit on Thursday, December 15, from 9:00 am to Noon and help Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast plant 500 longleaf pine saplings on Pine Island Preserve at Matlacha Pass. The preserve is at 7630 Stringfellow Road in Saint James City. Parking is available across the street at the Flamingo Bay Community Center. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your yard gloves, water and snacks. For more information and registration, visit www.conservationfoundation.com/pineisland or call (941) 918-2100.
This planting is part of a larger effort to restore the land and create a community nature preserve. Restoration of the pastureland fronting Stringfellow Road will begin this December and construction of parking and picnic areas is scheduled for 2017. Pine Island Preserve at Matlacha Pass will open to the public in late 2017.
About longleaf pine
Longleaf pine trees once formed a mighty forest throughout the southeast United States before the early 20th century, when logging removed 97% of the forest. Longleaf pine looks similar to the South Florida slash pine found throughout Pine Island, however it is different in a number of ways, including producing larger pine cones available to wildlife in the fall, rather than spring. On Pine Island, longleaf pine survives in small pockets. Last year, Conservation Foundation collected seeds from these existing trees, and now, the sprouted seeds are ready to be returned and planted on Pine Island. To learn more about longleaf pine, please visit the Florida Natural Areas Inventory at www.fnai.org.
About Conservation Foundation
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.