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CLT and LCEC team up for new signs at preserve

April 10, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Last Friday morning, representatives from the Calusa Land Trust and Lee County Electric Cooperative met at Weigert Baron preserve in Bokeelia to dedicate the new signage at the entrance to the preserve.

The new signs are part of a grant program from LCEC's Environmental Funding Awards Program. LCEC awarded over $5,000 to Calusa Land Trust for the new signs.

"After numerous CLT work parties clearing the preserve and making a pathway, the CLT wanted this preserve to be as educational as possible," sign designer and CLT member Marty Kendall said. "This preserve is very unique in that it has three separate ecological eco-regions. We have pine flatwoods, mangroves and coastal scrub. We also have lots of gopher tortoises, very unusual plants and there is a lot to learn here."

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On hand for the sign installation were (alphabetically) Robert Ballard (CLT president), Brian Cotterill (CLT), Jenell Dolan (LCEC), John Kendall (CLT), Marty Kendall (CLT), Carolyn Murphey (CLT – park ranger), Frank Potter (CLT), Laura Puerto (LCEC) and Karen Ryan (LCEC).


Initially visitors walk through a relatively open but patchy coastal sand scrub habitat with several species of scrub oak and cabbage palms. Further into the preserve is Rubye's Pond, which was dedicated last year to longtime CLT member Rubye Woodhead.

About one-half of the parcel consists of healthy mangroves with another 16 acres of rare coastal transition zone habitat (with a true colony of gopher tortoises); virtually all of this type of land has already been destroyed in south Florida.

The new signs show various plants, and animals found at the preserve and were installed the previous week.

The Wigert-Barron Preserve is located at the east end of Barrancas Avenue at Aura Lane in Bokeelia. There is a sign at the entrance near the road and about 10 yards into the preserve.

The mission of the Calusa Land Trust is to protect the natural diversity and beauty of the Pine Island region by acquiring, managing and preserving in perpetuity environmentally sensitive or historically important land and to foster appreciation for and understanding of the environment and our past.

The Land Trust is a broad coalition of individuals, families and businesses who agree that the acquisition and protection of natural land is important if we are to retain the quality of life which makes the Pine Island region so attractive to people and to wildlife. The Land Trust is supported entirely by people who donate their time, talent, and financial support to protect irreplaceable natural resources.

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