Phase I Of Our First Restoration Project Is Complete!
These plants are ready to be installed by our hard working Conservancy volunteers at our Scrub-jay habitat in North Port.
On July 10th we began Phase I of a restoration-of-habitat planting project at our donated parcel at the corner of Duar Terrace/Callaghan Lane in North Port.  Because this parcel is in an active Florida Scrub-jay neighborhood, we planted 5 30-gallon scrub oak trees (3 Sand Live Oak and 2 Myrtle Oak) that day. 

On August 21st we planted 33 native plants on the parcel, the majority of which would have been found on the lot prior to it being cleared/filled by its previous owners (Rusty Lyonia, Wax Myrtle, Gopher Apple, Coontie, Pennyroyal, Mistflower, Shiny Blueberry and Prickly Pear Cactus just to name a few). 

We’ll be scheduling registration-required visits to the parcel in the near future to share this restoration success and the trees and plants we planted with those who are interested in person.
Thank you to: John Metzger, Debbie Blanco, Barbara Lockhart and Gabriel Gonzalez (picture L-R) and Kahle Lockhart (not pictured) for their volunteer services on native plant-planting day!

If you are interested in joining all the fun and being a part of the "watering crew" that will provide after-planting care, please email and let us know.

Funds for this restoration project were provided in part by a grant received from the Coastal and Heartland Natural Estuary Project. To learn more about them, visit their website at

Clean Water Conversation:
A 101 on Red Tide, Harmful Algae Blooms
and Florida’s Water Quality Crisis

(Via Zoom)
with Michael McGrath of The Sierra Club
(Registration Required)

You may have read about what has happened to our
local waters, but a picture is worth a thousand words.
(photo by Michelle Bisson)
On September 8 at 7:00 p.m. Michael McGrath, Organizing Representative of The Sierra Club’s Red Tide-Wildlands Campaign, will join us via Zoom for a timely discussion on Red Tide, Harmful Algae Blooms and Florida’s Water Quality Crisis.

Dead fish are washing up on our beaches and red tide is dominating headlines once again. To better understand Florida’s water crisis, we will dive into details surrounding the current red tide bloom along with other harmful algae blooms (HABs) and the impacts HABs have on our communities, waterways, and ecosystems.

During this Clean Water Conversation, we will break down the basics of red tide, nutrient pollution and other exacerbating factors that allow the damaging blooms to thrive for extended periods of time in both marine and freshwater systems. We will also be breaking down the State’s insidious greenwash and their failure to meet their own established targets for reducing pollution to impaired water bodies and crack down on polluters at the expense of the public. 
Registration is required, you may do so here:

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Pineland Heliotrope
(Heliotropium polyphullum)

The Pineland Heliotrope is one of the prettiest 
examples of native Florida foliage.

Pineland heliotrope occurs in pinelands, prairies and coastal thickets. In North Port we found them growing in roadside right-of-ways and along lot edges. It is an endemic species, meaning it is found nowhere else outside our State lines! The small tubular flowers are very attractive to a wide assortment of pollinating insects, including butterflies. On the east coast of South Florida the flowers are yellow and on the west coast the flowers are white.


If you think native Florida foliage like the Pineland Heilotrope are important and deserve to be preserved, please help us continue our efforts to help preserve all that is important.

Funds to purchase this preserve are pending donation by a kind supporter who wants to make sure a natural undeveloped Florida parcel is their ongoing legacy.

As we continue to increase our local outreach, we are meeting more and more residents who have purchased undeveloped land parcels next to, across from, or behind their homes, simply to create natural buffers between them and their neighbors, or to purposely create a conservation area for wildlife.

No matter what your reason for purchasing an undeveloped parcel, if you have the desire to keep it in its natural state permanently, we encourage you to provide for this designation within your estate planning documents. A bequest of your land in your will (also known as a “planned gift”) to a land trust entity of your choosing costs you nothing during your lifetime, and conservation estate planning ensures that your voice for natural habitat protection, and wildlife protection will always be heard. Creating or updating your estate plans calls for careful planning with the help of an estate-planning attorney and it is always best to use an attorney that understands local estate laws.
We want to keep track of magnificent canopy trees like this Slash Pine.
GOT BIG TREES or know of any in your neighborhood? If so, WE ARE BIG TREE SEEKING and we want to know! 

We're starting a registry of the largest circumference (measure around the trunk 55" up from the ground) Slash Pine and Live Oak trees in our area in an effort to recognize them and hopefully conserve at least some of them (in North Port, no tree of any height, type or diameter has conservation protection - any tree in the City can be removed by paying a removal fee). This effort could even lead to our acquisition of the undeveloped land parcels that the largest trees we find call home for their permanent conservation. 

Email us at if you have or know of any big trees that might qualify and we'll be in touch to discuss further. 
VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE NEEDED. We've got two major fundraisers in the works set for this winter on December 4 (auction) and December 5 (a 5K run/1K walk).  Email us at, call 941-218-9775 or message us here on Facebook if you've got either date open and are interested in learning more about volunteering with us.
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