photo by Karen Willey
Just the Facts
- 33 acres adjoining the Celery Fields at the intersection of Palmer Blvd and Apex Road in Sarasota County
- Sarasota County Board of Commissioners gifted a perpetual conservation easement on the northeast, southeast, and southwest Quad parcels to Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
- Conservation Foundation and Sarasota Audubon Society are developing plans to improve the land for nature and for people, and will fundraise for this project.
- Sarasota Audubon Society will improve habitat and manage the property
- April 6, 2021 Update Conservation Foundation and Sarasota Audubon Society announce the selection of the Quad Parcels Project Owners’ Representative, Steve Suau of Progressive Water Resources. As Owners’ Representative, Suau will assist both organizations in managing the project from beginning to end. This project will improve wildlife habitat, buffer the Celery Fields from industrial uses and I-75 to the west, and provide low-impact public access. Read media release.
Why it Matters
The Quad Parcels buffer the western edge of the environmentally sensitive Celery Fields from industrial areas. The Celery Fields is both a nationally recognized birding hotspot and vital to water quality and flood protection in the area. The permanent protection and improvement provides a woodland attracting a broader diversity of birds as well as more public access including an ADA-accessible trail. The Celery Fields is an internationally acclaimed birding site and tributary to Phillippi Creek and Little Sarasota Bay.