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Land Use Policy Resolution

Land Use Policy Resolution
(Adopted by the Board of Trustees on May 23, 2001)

Whereas the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation “is dedicated to the preservation of natural resources and wildlife habitat on and around Sanibel and Captiva,” and through the 2001 long range planning retreat has identified its core constituency as native habitats, fish, wildlife and natural systems;

Whereas the Foundation has acquired more than 1,800 acres of habitats and has recently initiated the ecological restoration of more than 800 acres of native habitat through invasive plant removal, hydrological enhancements, prescribed fire, re-planting, and other techniques;

Whereas the Foundation’s habitat management and ecology program activities are supported by land acquisition designated funds (10%), binding cooperative agreements and restoration grant contacts, an SCCF endowment fund, and private donations for the benefit of native plants, habitats and wildlife;

Whereas the Foundation currently provides general public access through 4.5 miles of trails, a nature center, plant nursery, butterfly house and numerous educational programs for volunteers, visitors, and residents; and

Whereas the Foundation has provided a learning center and nature trails on the Pick Preserve for regular us by public schools and other groups requesting access;

Be it therefore resolved, for the protection and best interest of the Foundation’s core constituency, that any additional public access, or development to facilitate additional public access of SCCF private conservation land be strictly limited by the Board of Trustees or the Executive Director until such time that necessary habitat restoration work is done and a comprehensive ecological assessment of the wildlife use patterns and sensitivity has been completed and given due consideration.

SCCF Land Use Principles
(Adopted by the Board of Trustees on May 23, 2001)

  • SCCF lands are closed to the public and opened by permission only.
  • SCCF lands are private and are not to be treated as public/park lands to which the public has unfettered access.
  • SCCF land uses should be put into three categories:
    • Limited access - by permission only
      Criteria to be considered in granting permission:
      Environmentally sensitive nature of land
      Public safety problems
      Policing problems
      Proximity to developed areas - neighbor opposition, etc.
      Those to whom permission may be granted:
      SCCF Members
      Educational program teachers and students
      Scientific research people
      Others - consistent with SCCF’s mission
    • Visitation Encouraged
      General public visitation encouraged.
    • Physical Plant and Facility Uses
      To be considered on a case by case basis.
  • By and large, SCCF conservation lands are to be posted. The text of this posting should be along the following lines:

    Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation
    Wildlife Preserve
    Acces by Permission Only
    Please call Executive Director
  • A log of visitors to Limited Access lands should be maintained.
  • In general, SCCF should not develop new parking areas for areas opened to the public; rather, it should use existing parking facilities.
  • SCCF should be vigilant and take prompt action to prevent trespass, abuse, misuse, and adverse possession of its lands; such action including, in the discretion of the Executive Director and Board of Trustees: advise and/or protest to the wrongdoer; extra posting, fencing and planting; publicizing the wrongdoing, recourse to code enforcement and police; and legal process.
  • Special events such as weddings, picnics, family and organizational outings, camping, and the like, should not be permitted on SCCF Category 1. Limited Access - by permission only lands; nevertheless, the Executive Director should handle requests for such events on a case by case basis, with due regard for these Principles, vital public and membership relations, and the setting of precedent.