Partnering Conservation Organizations
Audubon of Florida
Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Its major Southwest Florida holding is Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, one of the most significant natural areas in Florida, which contains the largest virgin cypress swamp remaining in North America. The Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed Project was designed to further protect the Sanctuary by purchasing surrounding habitats, including a direct link to conservation areas to the south.
Collier County Audubon Society
Founded in 1961 and boasting 2,400 members, Collier Audubon is an advocate for conservation and protection of environmentally sensitive land in Collier, Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties, and for the use of Smart Growth principles to channel development into areas where it will do the least harm. Environmental education for children and adults, as well as numerous birding trips each year, are also part of Collier Audubon's work.
Defenders of Wildlife
Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Long recognized as a leader on endangered species issues, Defenders engages in solution-oriented, science-based advocacy, education and outreach, policy development, legislative initiatives and litigation to alleviate threats to species, sustain ecosystems and interconnected habitat, and protect and restore wildlife populations. A national, nonprofit organization, Defenders has over one million members and activists.
Florida Wildlife Federation
Since 1937, Florida Wildlife Federation has served as a premier conservation organization working for a healthy natural environment, the restoration and protection of wildlife habitat, and sustainable resource-based outdoor recreation. It is the exclusive state affiliate of National Wildlife Federation. Based in Tallahassee, the organization's Southwest Florida office opened in 1994 and quickly adopted the Florida panther as its guiding species. The Federation has earned a reputation for providing leadership in collaborative efforts to tackle key environmental issues on a local and state level.
Alico Land Development Company
Alico, Inc., a land management company operating in Central and Southwest Florida, owns approximately 135,500 acres of land located in Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Polk counties. Alico is involved in various agricultural operations and real estate activities. Founded in 1948, it today is a publicly held company; its mission is to grow its asset values through its agricultural and real estate activities to produce superior long-term returns for its shareholders.
Barron Collier Partnership
The Barron Collier Companies, which traces its roots to County Founder Barron Gift Collier, is one of the largest diversified companies in Southwest Florida. In addition to responsible development, management and stewardship of numerous land holdings nationwide, BCC 's businesses include extensive agricultural operations and oil exploration and mineral management. In partnership with Ave Maria University, BCC is creating the self-sustaining town of Ave Maria in Eastern Collier County.
Established in 1976 under the leadership of Miles C. Collier, Collier Enterprises traces its roots to his grandfather, Barron Gift Collier, who founded Collier County in 1923. Engaged in real estate investment and development, financial services, and agribusiness, the company is dedicated to responsible long-range planning, stewardship and careful development of its lands in Southwest Florida, including the 22,000-acre Big Cypress Stewardship District in eastern Collier County.
Consolidated Citrus LP
King Ranch is 78% owner of Consolidated Citrus, LP, which is the largest citrus grower in the United States. Consolidated Citrus’ operation consists of more than a dozen separate grove locations throughout the southern half of Florida and totals approximately forty thousand tree-planted acres. The core business of this partnership is the production of juice oranges, with approximately ninety-one percent of the annual harvest consisting of the preferred Valencia and other juice varieties. The remainder of the harvest is made up of grapefruit and specialty fruit.
Half Circle L Ranch Partnership
Now in its third generation of ownership and management by the Scofield family, the 10,000 acre Half Circle L Ranch is located in Eastern Collier County, juxtaposed to several publicly held conservation areas. Dedicated to conservation of the land and maintaining the property within the family, Half Circle L is engaged in ranching and land leasing for agriculture.
Sunniland Family LP/JB Ranch
Comprised of 9,000 acres north of the Big Cypress National Preserve, JB Ranch has for three generations been governed by the principles of quality land management and the desire to maintain the property for future generations. Founded in the 1940's by John E. and Aliese Price, the ranch has since been owned and managed by the late John E. "Jack" Price, Jr., then by his daughter and son-in-law, Liesa and Russell Priddy. Currently, the ranch has about 400 head of cattle, leases farm land, and participates in silviculture and rock mining; it is also among the most-favored panther habitats in Southwest Florida.
Pacific Tomato Growers