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It’s time to say no: Ask for denial of the Bellmar Development

With sweat dripping down into my eyes, I tried not to blink. This was the moment I waited for, and it could be over in a millisecond: a glimpse of…

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Proposed Bellmar development puts panthers in peril

Connectivity: it can be life or death for the endangered Florida panther in the Western Everglades. In Collier County, there are two important major corridors used by wildlife, especially large mammals…

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Florida Wildlife Corridor: A shining light in dark times

By Amber Crooks | Environmental Policy Manager The second annual Florida Wildlife Corridor summit, held September 26-28, 2023, focused on the success of the corridor protection movement, as well as…

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A love letter for the Big Cypress

Preserve still bears scars of oil exploration OpEd Written by Amber Crooks | Environmental Policy Manager The Big Cypress leaves an indelible mark on you. The Big Cypress National Preserve…

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Important area of Florida Wildlife Corridor now protected

On September 18, Florida approved 17,229 acres within Hendry County for public acquisition. This authorization of lands within the “Devil’s Garden” Florida Forever project is the largest acquisition since 2006.…

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Conservation Collier faces significant cutback

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is extremely disappointed by the budget cuts to Conservation Collier through reduced funding at the millage rollback rate (a 9% cut) and the raid of…

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Action Alert: Save Conservation Collier

Conservation Collier, our local land acquisition program, is under threat of defunding!  Over the past two decades, Conservation Collier has successfully purchased environmentally sensitive lands throughout Collier County, protecting native…

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Quiet disaster: Dapis algae in Matlacha Aquatic Preserve and Charlotte Harbor

Our nearshore waters are crying for help, but are we listening? In Lee County, many are familiar with the impact that Lake Okeechobee discharges and basin runoff have on the…