1835 acres acquired to date


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1835 acres acquired to date

  • 1835 acres acquired to date

  • 65% in conservation



100 year history of appreciation for natural resources

  • 100 year history of appreciation for natural resources

  • First Federal lands designated in 1945

  • 1967 refuge renamed J.N. “Ding” Darling NWR

  • 1974 City of Sanibel incorporated



Established in 1967

  • Established in 1967

  • Two initial goals

    • Oversee the Refuge expansion
    • preservation of interior wetlands on Sanibel
  • Part of a community level effort to preserve the Island



The Nature Conservancy-Revolving Fund

  • The Nature Conservancy-Revolving Fund

  • Donation

  • Development agreement

  • Partnership

  • Undivided interest

  • Conservation easements

  • Fair market value purchase



capital to purchase lands

  • capital to purchase lands

  • build legitimacy

  • build donor connections



TNC’s involvement set the stage for several outright donations

  • TNC’s involvement set the stage for several outright donations

  • Tax breaks



Local land trusts

  • Local land trusts

  • Government agencies

  • Buck Key

    • defined area of focus
    • 1978-2000
    • different tact's for different tracks


Provided for:

  • Provided for:

    • Connection of existing preserves
    • Concentration of development
    • Protection of critical habitat


Allows for quick action

  • Allows for quick action

  • Appeals to pocketbooks

  • Naming Opportunities

  • Exploit land appeal for other fund raising needs



A defined geographical focus

  • A defined geographical focus

  • Partners

  • Persistence

  • Finding/making opportunities

  • Selling preservation



Small (<10 acres) connecting parcels

  • Small (<10 acres) connecting parcels

  • Mangrove islands

  • One major purchase left on Sanibel

  • Finish Buck Key!





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