This spring, Conservation Foundation submitted Florida Forever applications to add two special properties to the Florida Forever acquisition list. The Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) will vote in October to add them to the list. In December, ARC will rank all approved projects for funding prioritization.
How you can help: Write a letter of support to the ARC in the next few months to show community support. We have the addresses below and sample letters so you can customize in your words.
Snapshot of the Properties
Charlotte Harbor Estuary Florida Forever Project Addition - Don Pedro Island State Park Addition, Charlotte County
This 8.47-acre parcel abuts the southern mainland boundary of Don Pedro Island State Park and has the potential to be a valuable addition. It will enhance water access and visitor amenities and help buffer the park from surrounding neighborhoods. The property is located on a canal that flows into Lemon Bay and already has a dock and boat slips.
MJ Ranch/Myakka Island Conservation Corridor, Manatee County
The Florida Forever application proposes the purchase of a perpetual conservation easement to protect 2,390+ acres of the MJ Ranch in eastern Manatee County. More than 5.5 miles of the Myakka River flows through the ranch. Time is running out. MR Ranch is the last large ranch along the Myakka, between the Myakka River State Park and Flatford Swamp, the headwaters of the Myakka River. Preserving land along the upper Myakka River protects all that is downstream, including Charlotte Harbor, a nationally recognized estuary, and the Gulf of Mexico.
MJ Ranch is an operating cattle ranch and hosts a diversity of habitats supporting a variety of imperiled plant and animal species. The property contains several depression marshes and tributaries to the Myakka River. Because of the property’s range in elevation, the property contains bayheads and seepage streams. At least three such streams totaling at least five miles of flowing water pass through the property and contribute water to the Myakka River.
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Thank you! Together, we can save these significant lands forever.