Conservation Foundation is working with the Estero community to permanently protect this piece of "old Florida". The vision for the River Oaks Preserve is to create the Village’s first natural-area park open to the entire community. Estero residents of all ages are seeking to connect with nature and this protection effort is an opportunity to engage the community in conserving this special place now, and for future generations to come.
Permanently conserving this 10 acres helps clean the waters of the Estero River as they flow through Estero Preserve State Park, into Estero Bay, the state’s first Aquatic Preserve, and on into the Gulf of Mexico. The advantages of saving this land also include its ability to naturally prevent flooding in surrounding neighborhoods. Estero’s newly written Comprehensive Plan and Lee County flood mitigation efforts both call for protecting remaining natural lands to deal with the changing and challenging conditions of living along the Gulf Coast.
Although the preserve is small, it contains a diversity of native plants and animals that are rarely found in rapidly developing areas. These 10 acres of “old Florida” include pine flatwood uplands which support gopher tortoises, while the numerous heritage oak trees along the river support three species of imperiled air plants.
The Estero community has asked Conservation Foundation to help them accomplish their goal of protecting these 10 acres of old Florida surrounding the Estero River. Conservation Foundation has until February 2019 to raise the funds to save this property.
With your support, you join our conservation community and help save this special property, forever. Your gift will support Conservation Foundation's work to preserve this property.