Our Board is made up of 5 citizens of North Port with over 30 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.
Debbie is a 5th generation Florida native, born in Sarasota and our Land Manager in her individual capacity, having 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.
Alice is the President of People for Trees, Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that was founded in 1997 in North Port as a grass-roots effort by citizens concerned about the destruction of the City's tree canopy, largely due to development, to promote the importance of protecting and maintaining a healthy, native tree canopy. Learn more on Facebook or visit www.peoplefortrees.com.
Chuck has been a resident of North Port for over 30 years, and brings a strong knowledge base of City growth and development to the Board of Directors table.
There are several ways for a conservancy to obtain land: (1) via a sale and purchase; (2) via acceptance of a land donation; (3) via receipt of a bequest in the estate planning process (such as in a last will and testament) or (4) via 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.
We are in a race against developers in our quest to save at least some of North Port's neighborhood land from rampant development. We need you on our team.
North Port has a diverse range of natural communities, often referred to as habitat: scrub, scrubby flatwoods, mesic hammocks, mesic (pine) flatwoods and freshwater wetlands, that are all at risk of development. Our City's neighborhoods are SO much more than a mass collection of 80 x 125 vacant lots.
We encourage you to take a walk around yours and look closely at all you see, from ground level all the way to the tree tops.
We have a variety of educational information available to further your awareness. Contact us to learn more!
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.
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