To the editor:
The Calusa Land Trust, Pine Island's all volunteer land trust, is pleased to announce the purchase of a 28-acre parcel off of Alcorn Street consisting of 19 acres of uplands and 9 acres of mangroves and salt flats. Special thanks to the owners, Show Me LLC represented by Bill Love, for providing a generous discount, making this purchase possible.
This parcel has a common border with our 8-acre Taylor Preserve and connects with a number of state, county and federal lands along the west side of Pine Island creating quite a large area under preservation. This new addition consists of old pine flat-woods, scattered oak trees, fresh water marshes, salt flats, mangroves and a portion of what has been described as the only natural coastal willow pond on Pine Island. We are naming this 36 total acre property the Taylor/ Willow Lake Preserve.
The CLT Board recently toured this parcel and the primary response from them, even after a hornet attack, was that it is "primeval, wild and beautiful." Access for the public is not yet available but is planned for the future.