July 2019 | Springs Coast Research Station Proposal Update

In collaboration with its partners: the University of South Florida, the Florida Aquarium, the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservatory, and Florida Southern College, Wildlands has been working for several years to establish a research station along the Chassahowitzka (“the Chaz”) River on the Nature Coast in Citrus County. In early 2018, the project was placed in the Florida Forever “Partnership and Regional Incentives Projects” category in the Florida’s First Magnitude Springs Project, which is ranked First in the Partnership Category. Since then, with the assistance and oversight of our Board, we have developed a Business Plan for the Station and have initiated fundraising efforts. Funds above and beyond the acquisition costs will provide us with an endowment to assist us with initial property retrofitting, station maintenance and overhead. Our vision, as presented in the business plan, is to work with academicians nationally and internationally to develop programs with field research and a stay at the Station cabins as the nucleus of the program. As our base of participants grows, we hope to be able to collaborate with spring/seagrass/mangrove/saltmarsh Gulf researchers to offer the facilities as a field station.

For more information view the Springs Coast Research Station Brochure or contact dsumpter@wildlandsconservation.org.

The video below was created and generously donated by Zugunruhe Geo LLC to further conservation.

April 2019 | USF FAST 56. Again!

Wildlands was honored to receive our third University of South Florida Fast 56 award. The Fast 56 identifies, recognizes and celebrates the world’s fastest growing USF Bull-owned or Bull-led businesses.

February 2018 | Gopher Tortoise License Plate

Wildlands is working to help create a specialty gopher tortoise license plate in the state of Florida. Specialty license plates have been an essential part of the conservation strategy for other Florida species including the manatee, Florida panther, and sea turtles, and we wish to add the gopher tortoise to this list.

The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is a threatened species in the state of Florida, primarily due to loss of upland habitat. A keystone species, gopher tortoises dig burrows that are used by more than 360 other animal species, including some that live nowhere else. In order to bring awareness to the plight of the gopher tortoise, we are hoping to create this specialty license plate and propose that the funds generated by the plate be used for gopher tortoise habitat conservation, habitat management, and research. With your help, we can help protect gopher tortoises and their upland habitat.

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