Land Acquisition

One of the primary ways the CREW Trust preserves and protects the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed is by facilitating the purchase of land within and around the watershed boundaries. Sometimes the CREW Trust buys the land outright, but more often the Trust facilitates purchases by the South Florida Water Management District, Collier or Lee County, or multiple agencies by helping to get willing sellers and the purchasing agents together at the table or by working with other conservation groups with similar goals.

The Most-Wanted List

In 2015, the CREW Trust’s Land Acquisition Committee and the CREW Trust’s Board of Trustees compiled a list of “most-wanted” land parcels to target for future purchase/protection. They include:

A. Gargiulo Land Trust Property (Collier County) ACQUIRED
B. Edison Farms (Lee County) ACQUIRED
C. Big Hammock (Collier County)
D. Palm Tree Farm in Flint Pen Strand (Lee County) ACQUIRED
The whole CREW project map
CREW Project boundary map – not all parcels on this map are purchased or protected – yet.

4 Replies to “Land Acquisition”

  1. How many acres is the CREW Cypress Dome Tract and won’t it be significantly impacted by the vast amount of high density development that Lee County will allow or has permitted on its western boundary?

    1. As you likely know, the CREW Cypress Dome trail system is an essential component of the wider Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed that provides a range of vital ecosystem services to our communities, not least water storage, water filtration and groundwater recharge. Moreover, CREW provides habitats for myriad flora and fauna, many of which are listed either as threatened or endangered. There is no doubt that further development adjacent to CREW has the potential to negatively impact this precious watershed and its ecosystems, ultimately harming human communities in the long run. We encourage anyone who values CREW’s integral role in sustaining our local economy and quality of life to actively advocate that developers, local governments and other stakeholders implement necessary science-based measures to prevent or mitigate these potential negative effects and to be held accountable if and when they fail to do so.

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