This is part 1 of a 6-part series on the Who, What, When, Where, Why and Hows of CREW and the CREW Trust.
When we first meet people, whether it’s visitors, new members, new volunteers or residents, introducing ourselves (explaining who we are) can be confusing.
It’s not an easy answer.
For example, when you introduce yourself, you say “Hi, my name is Blankity Blank, and I’m a rockstar astrophysicist who enjoys entomology.”
(Also, if that is you, let’s be friends as soon as possible)
But when we, the CREW Trust meet someone knew, explaining who we are can take five minutes – and that’s the short version.
Most people check out within the first two sentences – once they realize we’re going to say a lot of really long words, some of which may be new, like “aquifer recharge” and, well, honestly even what CREW stands for trips people up.
So let’s break it down into WHO exactly we are, and how that relates to CREW.
The acronym stands for the Corkscrew Regional Ecosytem Watershed, which is a 60,000-acrew watershed that spans Lee and Collier counties in Southwest Florida.
(we will get into the WHAT of the watershed in our next post)
So, CREW is the name for the land. (super short version of the definition)
The CREW Project
We sometimes refer to the entire 60,000-acres as the CREW Project, because CREW involves multiple agencies.
Those agencies include the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Conservation Collier, Conservation 20/20 and the CREW Land & Water Trust. Corkscrew Audubon Sanctuary is also within the borders of the CREW Project.
CREW Land & Water Trust (CREW Trust)
We, the CREW Land & Water Trust, are the non-profit agency attached to the CREW Project.
We help with funding and land acquisition and provide environmental education at the four trail systems within the CREW Project – the CREW Marsh Trails, Cypress Dome Trails, Bird Rookery Swamp and Flint Pen Strand.
The CREW Trust is often confused with CREW (as in, the names are used interchangeably) but we try to stress that we are part of the multi-agency project and NOT the land owners, land managers, biologists, law enforcement… we are helpers within the CREW Project.
We are ultimately tasked with helping each person we meet learn about WHAT CREW is (and what you can do at the trails), WHERE it is located (along with the trails), WHEN the project started and its timeline, WHY it’s important to protect the watershed, and HOW the public can help.