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INTRODUCING THE HARBOUR HEIGHTS (CHARLOTTE COUNTY) CONSERVATION COMMITTEE CHAPTER
of The Environmental Conservancy of North Port, Inc.
The Environmental Conservancy of North Port, Inc. is pleased to share that its Harbour Heights (Charlotte County) Conservation Committee Chapter is now operating in the Harbour Heights area, where populations of the endemic/threatened Florida Scrub-jay and threatened Gopher Tortoise also reside.
Edie Driest is the contact for the Harbour Heights Conservation Committee Chapter. Contact her via email ECHHchapter@gmail.com or telephone
IN THE PLANNING STAGES
IN THE PLANNING STAGES
We are open to Conservation Committee Chapter suggestions in our surrounding areas by interested volunteers. Contact us to learn more! NPConservancy@gmail.com
WAYS TO CONSERVE LAND
There are several ways for a conservancy to obtain 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 ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE
Since our launch in February of 2020, The Environmental Conservancy Of North Port, Inc. has worked to educate the public on the importance of creating a balance between development and our environment in our neighborhoods through the conservation of vacant land.
As shown on North Port's Future Land Use Map below, currently there are no designated conservation land areas within any North Port neighborhoods, and none are presently planned.
Thanks to many generous donors, we were able to raise enough funds to purchase two undeveloped land parcels from Sarasota County in July 2020 for $5,000.00 each.
A third undeveloped parcel was donated to us free of charge in October 2020. This lot was cleared and filled by its previous owner; Phase I of a restoration project on the parcel is under way.
A fourth undeveloped parcel was donated to us free of charge in July 2021.
All four parcels are in a neighborhood of the City that hosts a population of the Florida Scrub-jay, Gopher Tortoises and Northern Bobwhite Quail within a Scrubby Flatwoods habitat. But, our efforts won't always just be centered in this neighborhood alone. Our mission is to acquire undeveloped land for conservation of our local flora and fauna throughout North Port and its surrounding areas over time.
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 vacant 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.
North Port's neighborhoods , as well as those in surrounding areas such as Harbour Heights, Port Charlotte and Englewood, are SO much more than a mass collection of vacant parcels meant for development; they are natural ecosystems that support diverse and abundant natural life.
We encourage you to take a walk around your neighborhood and look and listen closely at all you see and hear in nature from ground level all the way to the tree tops.
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.
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.
PRIVATE LAND OWNER CONSERVATION
If you have purchased undeveloped land in North Port or the surrounding areas on your own and would like to learn more about the flora and fauna you have conserved and how to manage your land to ensure it remains healthy habitat for wildlife over time, we provide land reviews and management recommendations free of charge. Contact us today at NPconservancy@gmail.com to arrange an appointment and join our Citizen Conservationist Group!
THE IMPORTANCE OF ESTATE PLANNING
If you have purchased undeveloped land for conservation purposes, we encourage you to provide for its permanent future conservation within your estate planning to insure your conservation wishes will be fulfilled in perpetuity.
If you would like to name The Environmental Conservancy of North Port, Inc. as a beneficiary in your will or estate plan, please identify us as The Environmental Conservancy of North Port, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit corporation, 3465 Alfred Road, North Port, Florida 34286, Tax Identification Number 84-4132468.
The vast majority of North Port is zoned for residential development. The City's current Future Use Land Map provides for no conservation land within any of our neighborhoods.
This same scenario is the case for many of our surrounding area neighborhoods including Port Charlotte, Harbour Heights, Venice, Englewood and Sarasota.
Without conservation land to create a balance between development and our environment as our neighborhoods continue to develop, it will be impossible to maintain the biodiversity that is necessary for the long term survival of our native flora and fauna.
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/
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/
Jennifer Krajcir provides environmental consulting that works for you, whether you've already purchased a parcel to build on, or are planning to. To learn more visit http://www.suncoasteco.com/
Our Board is made up of 5 volunteer citizens of North Port with over 20 years of residency and environmental field experience between them.
Barbara is a University of Florida Master Naturalist, a Florida Registered Paralegal and Director of the North Port Nature Stewards on Facebook. The North Port Nature Stewards was created in an effort to provide education that will increase citizen awareness, understanding and respect for North Port's flora and fauna/natural world. Barbara grew up in Charlotte County and moved to North Port in 2002.
Debbie is a 5th generation Florida native, born in Sarasota, she moved to North Port in 2003. She recently retired from Sarasota County as a Land Manager, and has over 20 years of experience managing public lands while employed by Sarasota County, to include the 24,565 acre T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve.
Edie is the Chair of The North Port Friends of Wildlife, a chapter of Friends of Sarasota County Parks. NPFOWL was founded in 2014 by individuals who, in light of North Port's fast paced growth, felt wildlife and wildlife habitat needed protection. Learn more on Facebook or visit www.northportfriendsofwildlife.org.
Matt came to Florida from Ohio in 2015, first to Bradenton and then to North Port. He is a design engineer by trade but also has experience in non-profit organization outreach, marketing, merchandising and fundraising. In his spare time he is a volunteer wildlife rescuer for the Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida, having successfully rescued 230 birds, gopher tortoises, alligators and other wildlife since 2017.
Nathalie has been a resident of North Port since 2016. She is a Parks Naturalist employed with Sarasota County, currently stationed at Lemon Bay Park & Environmental Center. She has studied both Marine Science and Herpetology and will be handling reptile and amphibian surveys on the parcels of land we acquire. Visit the Events tab of Sarasota County Plays on Facebook to find free upcoming educational environment-related events taking place at Lemon Bay Park and beyond.