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Calusa Land Trust holds annual meeting

January 31, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Calusa Land Trust held its 42nd annual meeting Sunday at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church.

After land trust business was taken care of, out-going president John Kendall announced a "special recognition" to two people: Nancy Rogers and Rubye Woodhead.

"There's a small parking area at Wigert Barron Preserve," Kendall said. "From the parking area you can follow the trail where there are a colony of gopher tortoises. When you head north along the trail you come to a pond. Neither Ed Chapin nor I even knew there was a pond at the end of the trail until the invasives were cleared. I'm happy to announce the Calusa Land Trust has named the trail Nancy Rogers Nature Trail and the pond after long-time Calusa Land Trust member Rubye Woodhead Pond. Signs will be posted."

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From left, Nancy Rogers, CLT president John Kendall and Rubye Woodhead at the recent meeting of the Calusa Land Trust.


The Wigert Barron Preserve is a 33-acre preserve located in Bokeelia at the east end of Barrancas Avenue at the corner with Aura Lane. Acquired in 2014 and 2015, principally through the generosity of Jon and Annette Wigert, the preserve boasts a rare coastal scrub environment and a freshwater pond teeming with wildlife.

The land trust recently completed a major invasive plant removal project at the preserve.

"We have named Rubye's Pond after Rubye Woodhead," Judy Ott said. "Rubye has not only been an outstanding member of the Calusa Land Trust but an outstanding member of the Pine Island community for a very long time .. .I wish you would stand with me and give her a standing ovation. This will be leaving the island for northern Florida and will leave a big hole in our hearts."

The new CLT Board of Directors was elected. Continuing Board of Directors members are Jaren Cernicky, Ed Chapin, Rad Hazen, Cathy House, Bill Hummer, Robert Ballard and Sonny Koutsoutis. Members up for re-election are Brian Cotterill, John Kendall, Carolyn Murphey, Judy Ott, Fran Potter and Joan Rosenberg. Nominees for election are Russell Costa and Marty Kendall.

"The Calusa Land Trust presently holds title to about 2,100 acres to be preserved and maintained in perpetuity," Kendall said. "In addition, CLT has donated $170,000 to Lee County to stimulate its purchases. 20/20 acquisition formulas give priority to local financial support and, thus, the reason CLT has caused a disproportionate amount of its purchases to be on Pine Island."

Upcoming events include the Great Calusa Duck Race in March. Check the CLT website for details:

Lunch was provided by Winn-Dixie and Frank Tuma provided the music.



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