North Port and our surrounding areas are composed of a diverse range of natural communities, often referred to as habitat: scrub, scrubby flatwoods, mesic hammocks, mesic (pine) flatwoods and freshwater wetlands, that are experiencing daily alteration or destruction as a result of development.
Conservation of undeveloped land amidst development preserves wildlife habitat, threatened and/or endangered species and biodiversity; maintains scenic landscape for people; helps reduce flooding; helps filter water/improve water quality; and maintains the tree canopy and native vegetation that serve as filters for our air.
Conserving land increases property values near these greenspaces too.
When we conserve land, all living things win.
Research indicates that it is not necessarily how much time is spent in nature, or how much is learned about the environment that fosters love and respect for our wild lands ... it is the having of a positive experience in nature that creates emotional connection.
This is how we create a conservation ethic in young and old alike.
Visit us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to view learn more about our local flora and fauna, view educational videos and guest speaker presentation recordings and get up to date information on our land conservation efforts and successes.
WAYS TO PERMANENTLY CONSERVE LAND
There are several ways for a conservancy to obtain and permanently protect/conserve land:
(1) Sale and purchase;
(2) Acceptance of a land donation;
(3) Receipt of a bequest in the estate planning process (such as in a last will and testament) or
(4) Entry into an agreement for a conservation easement, which is a way to protect land while keeping it in private ownership, and which are generally placed on large parcels of land or acreage.
Whether you want to keep your land, donate it or sell it, we are willing to explore your conservation opportunities with you.
Our 2023 Board is currently made up of 3 volunteer citizens of North Port, Port Charlotte and Deep Creek with over 50 years of local residency and environmental field experience between them.
Barbara is a University of Florida Master Naturalist, a Florida Registered Paralegal and the Founder of the Conservancy. Barbara grew up in Charlotte County and moved to North Port in 2002.
Paul has been a resident of Port Charlotte (Charlotte County) for the last 51 years. He is a retired Senior Superintendent in the commercial construction industry where he had worked with the Army Corp of Engineers, Southwest Florida Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (including being trained as a stormwater management inspector and in wetland, sensitive and archaeological land protection). Prior to becoming involved in commercial construction, Paul worked in residential construction in Port Charlotte and surrounding areas to include residential home site planning, environmental land protection and engineering.
Robin Hagan (RH Photo Adventures) is a graduate of the University of Florida Master Naturalist Program, an avid outdoor photographer and local hiking guide. She also participates as a Hike Ambassador for the Gals Who Hike Florida Facebook group. www.rhphotoadventures.com or www.instagram.com/rh_photoadventures/ or https://www.facebook.com/RHPhotoAdventures
Ann Niednagel became a Facilitator at The STEM Connection in Indianapolis, Indiana in the fall of 2021. She earned her masters of education from Indiana University and taught middle school in Perry Township. Most recently she facilitated environmental education lessons as Outdoor Ann in public and private schools for over 15 years. She served on the board of the Environmental Education Association of Indiana, EEAI and is one of the founding committee members of Indiana Children and Nature Network, ICAN. Ann’s personal mission is to foster the sense of wonder that’s found outdoors.
Inspired by Dr. George B. Schaller and his work with giant pandas, Danni knew what
she wanted to be when she grew up. Her love for nature and the outdoors was kindled
by her entire family and the animals she encountered on her family’s farm in rural
Danni earned her BA in Environmental Science/Geography with a minor in Writing from
Mansfield University. Unable to find a job in the field of her choice, she earned a
diploma in Paralegal Studies from the Academy of Medical Arts and Business. After a
twelve year stint as a paralegal, she applied for a job as an interpreter at Jenkinson's
Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. At the aquarium she shared her enthusiasm and
stories about the animals that call it home with its many visitors. Her goal is to inspire
others to care for animals and their natural environment. Currently she works for the
aquarium remotely as their Animal Wellbeing Program Coordinator.
She is an experienced facilitator in the Project Wet and Flying Wild curricula. She
trained volunteers in the FrogWatch USA citizen science program. Danni spread the
word about “Why Zoos and Aquariums Matter” (WZAM) in workshops and by visiting her
representatives and senators in Washington. She is a past advisory council member for
the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education, presented at the New Jersey
Science Teachers’ Conference, and contributed to Teach at the Beach.
Bio Coming Soon!
The Mission of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) is to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. The Mangrove Chapter serves Charlotte County and southern Sarasota County. Several of their members have volunteered with us on plant identification events on our conservation parcels. Learn more about the Mangrove Chapter at: https://mangrove.fnpschapters.org/
Jennifer Krajcir provides environmental consulting that works for you, whether you've already purchased a parcel to build on, or are planning to.
Gopher Tortoise Surveys Permitting County/FWC Coordination Relocation .
Environmental Evaluation Assessment for building / clearing permits Assessment for rezoning
Wetland Identification / Delineation Protected Species Habitat Mapping Feasibility Study .
Waterfront Property Dock / Seawall Mangrove Trimming Coastal Construction Control Line(CCCL) .
Protected Species Protected Species Burrowing Owl Permitting Florida Scrub Jay Surveys Bald Eagle Management Plans Bald Eagle Monitoring
To learn more visit http://www.suncoasteco.com/
Robin Hagan (RH Photo Adventures) is a University of Florida trained Florida Master Naturalist, avid outdoor photographer and local hiking guide. She also participates as a Hike Ambassador for the Gals Who Hike Florida Facebook group.
To learn more, review Robin's upcoming event schedule and photography work, visit:
The Kindness Community works to share the healing power of Art and Kindness ~ to ourselves, to one another, and to our Mother Earth. We share a vision of co-existing and connectedness.
Please take a minute and sign the Kindness Pledge here.
Learn more about The Kindness Community at: https://www.facebook.com/kindnesscommunityfl/
Attorney Holmes and his paralegal Debi Lantzer Stout provide in-kind legal services in the handling of our land acquisition transactions.
Attorney Holmes practices in the areas of
Asset Protection, Business & Corporate, Litigation, Local Government, Physician Services and Real Estate.
To learn more visit:
Donate to help us purchase and protect a ¼ acre land parcel (Lot 16, Chris Terrace) in Port Charlotte off of Chamberlain Blvd. (Charlotte County) to permanently protect land for wildlife, native plants and trees!
This is an area we don’t own any land in yet.
LEARN MORE and donate via GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/b39d1e41
Via Venmo: Environmental Conservancy NP- @NPconservancy
Via PayPal on our website www.ecnorthport.com
Checks are also accepted at3465 Alfred Road, North Port, FL 34286. Make check payable to The Environmental
QUESTIONS? Contact NPconservancy@gmail.com or 941-218-9775