Conservation Foundation Custodian of Endangered Panther Habitat



Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast has announced its expansion of protected habitat for the endangered Florida panther with the recent agreement for a 1,500-acre conservation easement on Pepper Ranch Preserve in northern Collier County. The conserved land is owned by Collier County government, which has contracted its permanent protection to the Conservation Foundation. The property, half grazing land and half wetlands and forests, is located within the Florida panther Primary Habitat zone established by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). This legal agreement with Collier County, USFWS and Conservation Foundation, fulfills Collier County’s obligation to place a conservation easement on portions of the County’s preserve. Pepper Ranch Preserve is rich with abundant wildlife including a variety of wading birds, alligators and frequent Florida black bear sightings as well as Florida panther. The preserve is located on Lake Trafford and open Friday through Sunday between November and June for public use, which includes hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, and wildlife viewing.

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

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