Conservation

L to R Karen Jusseaume, Jim Stephenson, Lee Amos, Steve Black, Ray Jusseaume, Cathy Davis, Deb Comeau, Debi Osborne

On May 6, 2020 after months of negotiations to insure that the interests of our members are best served, MCAS president Ray Jusseaume signed the contract assigning a Conservation Easement to the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.

Under the terms of the contract, Felts Preserve must remain a preserve forever. There has been a tremendous surge of property being sold for both residential and commercial uses all around us. Felts may serve as a last refuge for the local and migratory wildlife that call our preserve and surrounding area home. Your Board of Directors welcome the Foundation to Felts Preserve.

Karen and Jim Watch as Ray Signs Felts Preserve into the future.

Monthly Conservation Roundup

County Level: Vote for Land Conservation Bond Referendum

Manatee County Audubon Society supports the Manatee County Bond Referendum to help protect land and water resources from over development. Let your voice be heard and protect Manatee County, listen here to our partners at the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast explaining why this is so important: https://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article245720935.html

County Level: 6,000+ acres preserved

Orange Hammock Wildlife Management Area, is the new designated name for the recently purchased 6,000 acre ranch in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Gov. Ron DeSantis just approved teh purchase from the Florida Forever funds and outlined the importance of this site to the Myakka River watershed. This new conservation area will be managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. See the full article here: https://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article239952643.html

State Level: Miami-Dade County wants mangroves instead of beach wall

Miami-Dade County, South Florida Water Management District, citizens, and businesses petition the American Core of Engineers to build mangrove islands and restore reefs to battle hurricanes, instead of a 20 foot wall through Biscayne Bay. See the full article here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article245085975.html