The Conservation Collier Program is taxpayer-funded initiative that was approved by voters in November 2002 to levy a property tax for a ten year period (2003-2013) to buy and manage environmentally sensitive lands in Collier County. During this time frame, over 4,000 acres were acquired in 19 locations. Twelve of those preserves are now open to the public with trails and other amenities.
The Program Objective is to acquire, preserve, restore, manage and maintain vital and significant threatened natural lands, forest, upland, and wetland communities located in Collier County, for the benefit of present and future generations.
The Vision Statement, developed by the 9-member Citizens Advisory Committee, is as follows:
Conservation Collier will acquire and manage environmentally sensitive lands with the primary objectives of maintaining and preserving their natural resource values and providing public access for appropriate natural resource-based recreational and educational opportunities, so that our natural heritage may be appreciated and preserved for present and future generations.
Please browse this website to find out more about your Conservation Collier Preserve lands and what they offer!
- All Preserves have re-opened after Hurricane Irma!
- There is a new page available on our website! You can now access selected trail maps on your mobile device to assist you in planning and enjoying a hike on your Conservation Collier lands! Click here to access the Trails page, or click on the "Trails" page on the navigation pane on the left of the screen.
- You can also access an interactive trails map for Conservation Collier Preserves on the www.HikingProject.com by putting "Conservation Collier" into the search engine. Have fun and enjoy your hike!
- Conservation Collier has completed evaluation of qualified proposals for the 9th Conservation Collier Acquisition Cycle. The Conservation Collier Land acquisition Advisory Committee (CCLAAC) will be making purchase recommendations at a public meeting scheduled for Monday, April 9th at 9:00 am, in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers, third floor, Building F, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 23112. Property Summaries can be found Here. full length Property Screening Reports can be found Here. A recommended Active Acquisition List will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, April 24th at their pubic meeting. Please call if you have questions at 239-252-2961.
January 2018 Community Presentations:
- Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 2:00 pm - Marco Island Library, 210 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island – Presentation on Otter Mound
- Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 2:00 pm – Headquarters Library, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples - General Presentation on the program and its properties focusing on hiking and camping opportunities
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 2:00 pm – Marco Island Library, 210 South Heathwood Drive, Marco Island - General Presentation on the program and its properties focusing on hiking and camping opportunities
CALLING ALL MASTER NATURALISTS AND OTHERS WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE LOCAL FLORIDA ENVIRONMENT AND HISTORY!
Conservation Collier is gathering additional interested volunteers to lead guided trail walks at the Pepper Ranch Preserve in Immokalee between March and June. Call 239-252-2961
Click here for a map of all Conservation Collier Preserves! Since 2003, the Conservation Collier Program has been acquiring properties of high natural resource value throughout Collier County from willing sellers. Properties acquired met specific criteria including: rare habitat, aquifer recharge, flood control, water quality protection, and listed species habitat.
At the program's inception, the Collier County Board of County Commissioners (Board) appointed a Land Acquisition Advisory Committee (Committee) to consider and make recommendations on offered properties. The Committee's recommendations have resulted in Board approval for and acquisition of 4,060 acres in 19 project locations throughout Collier County.
Process: Lands offered to the program are required to meet at least 2 out of the 6 Initial Screening Criteria to qualify for further evaluation and potential acquisition. After presentation of qualified acquisition proposals throughout each year, the Conservation Collier Land Acquisition Advisory Committee (CCLAAC) will rank them to create a recommended Active Acquisition List (AAL) in December. The Board of County Commissioners will presented this list for review and approval in January of the following year. Once an approved AAL is received, staff will pursue acquisition of top ranked parcels and began accepting proposals for the next ranking cycle.
Content updated March 2018
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