Myakka Island Conservation Corridor

Just the Facts

  • Ambitious goal to save critical properties totaling more than 8,000 acres in the Myakka River watershed
  • Successes:
    • 1,143-acre Triangle Ranch permanently protected in October 2016
    • Conservation Foundation has previously assisted Sarasota County in protecting over 8,000 acres within the watershed
    • 543-acre Murphy Marsh is the link that reconnects the Myakka River and the Tatum Sawgrass marsh, protected in July 2019
    • 5,777-acre Orange Hammock Ranch is critical for City of North Port drinking water supply, protected in May 2020

Need to Know

Conservation Foundation is working to conserve several ranches containing over 8,000 acres that help protect the Myakka River, and connect to and expand the 110,000 acres of conservation lands buffering the river. These working ranchlands contain significant natural areas that are home to abundant wildlife including the gopher tortoise and the roseate spoonbill, and provide an opportunity for the survival of the Florida panther. See our project map.

Triangle Ranch is now protected forever. This happened because of many partners who understood the environmental significance of this property.  This 1,143-acre ranch  protects the Myakka wetlands, the Myakka River's water quality and provides flood protection.  More than 120 species of birds and many, many animals thrive  here. Learn more about Triangle Ranch Conservation Area.

In May 2020, Conservation Foundation worked with the Department of Environmental Protection to permanently protect Orange Hammock Ranch, forever. This 5,777-acre property helps protect North Port's drinking water, reduces flood risk, safeguards natural habitat and will provide access to the public for recreation. 

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast raised $1.5 million alongside the Florida Forever funds of $19.5 million to complete the purchase.

Photos of Orange Hammock Ranch by SRQ360 Photography 

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