With your help, we protect lands around the waters of the Myakka River, the Manatee River, Sarasota Bay, and Charlotte Harbor. 11,408 acres across 41 properties have been saved because of you and others like you, who care about our lands, waters, and way of life. This adds up to more than 17 square miles of lands that provide for all — trails for hiking, kayak landings, historic ranch lands, safe drinking water and bay and river water access for kayaking and fishing. These lands provide for nature too — safe homes for imperiled animals like the gopher tortoise, nesting spots for eagles and osprey, and connective greenways for bobcats and Florida panthers.
In April 2019, Conservation Foundation purchased 37.8 acres in Manatee County within the Myakka River watershed. The Tatum Sawgrass Scrub Preserve is connected to the Tatum Sawgrass marsh, a conservation priority area.
In October 2018, Conservation Foundation announced its expansion of protected habitat for the endangered Florida panther with the agreement for a 1,512-acre conservation easement on Pepper Ranch Preserve in northern Collier County. The conserved land is owned by Collier County government who contracted the lands' permanent protection to the Conservation Foundation.
In July 2018, Conservation Foundation became the owner of 91 acres of land conservation holdings from The Myakka Conservancy. Visit Tatum Sawgrass Conservation Area and Upper Myakka Preserve to learn more.
In June 2018, Conservation Foundation assisted the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in the successful conservation of the 56-acre Coral Creek Peninsula.
In May 2018, Conservation Foundation oversaw the successful permanent conservation of 43.82 acres on the Braden River, named the Floyd C. Johnson & Flo Singer Johnson Preserve at Braden River.
For a complete list of special places protected forever and our current projects, visit Protected Places and Conservation Initiatives. You can also click on a region of the map below (A - Manatee River, B - Coastal Bays, C - Myakka River, D - Charlotte Harbor) or a property number to discover many treasured places.