Many Conservation Collier Preserves are closed due to damage from Hurricane Irma. We have a massive amount of clean-up to do ensure each preserve and trail are safe for public use. Many of our preserves have substantial flooding as well. Please be patient as we will try to get them cleaned up as soon as possible. Please check this page and our follow our Facebook page for updates on when each preserve is declared safe and ready for use!
Cocohatchee Creek Preserve is open
Gordon River Greenway Preserve is open
Panther Walk Preserve is open
Pepper Ranch Preserve- opening November 4-5th
Conservation Collier finished accepting applications for the 9th Conservation Collier Acquisition Cycle. The deadline for applications was September 1, 2017, with review of properties extending though April 2018 and possible purchases in November 2018.
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!
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 October 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 October 9, 2017
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