Donations Still Needed for Restoration
We've Reached Our Private Donation Goal!
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The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society has successfully met its Wulfert Bayous land preservation goal to raise $3 million in private donations toward the overall sum of $9.5 million. We now await the Lee County Board of Commissioners’ decision to approve the $6.5-million contribution toward the 68-acre acquisition of the property adjacent to the Refuge.
We expect to hear that decision in August. If favorable, we will have effectively, with the help of generous donors and community partners, saved the last remaining large parcel of undeveloped land on Sanibel Island, an important wildlife corridor for a bounty of species. However, we are not able to celebrate quite yet, not knowing what amount, if any, the Lee County 20/20 program will kick in.
In anticipation of the acquisition’s completion, DDWS has begun planning for habitat restoration at Wulfert Bayous, including invasive plant removal and the establishment of a rookery to attract Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, and other colonial wading birds.
An enormous thank-you to all of the donors who made this possible, and to the Wulfert Bayous Campaign Committee: Chair John McCabe, Marc Giattini, Doris Hardy, David Jeffrey, Dick Levinson, Jim Sprankle, and Bill Valerian.
Those interested in supporting this and other Refuge restoration projects should contact DDWS Executive Director Birgie Miller at 239-292-0566.
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