New Wildlife Habitat Management Building
The new Wildlife Habitat Management Facility, located at 3399 Sanibel-Captiva Road, was dedicated on October 26, 2007.
Employees of the Foundation’s Wildlife Habitat Management and Ecology Program moved into their new building in May. The whole department was previously based out of one office at the SCCF main building, and anyone who saw Brad Smith and Chris Lechowicz sharing an office would understand the need for more space! This 4,100 sq. ft. building contains four offices, a large air-conditioned room for storage and future offices, 2 bathrooms and small kitchen area and a large, 4-bay garage for storage of equipment and work vehicles. The site, formerly known as Hammerhead Hill, is among the highest building pads on Sanibel (11 feet above sea level). The idea of creating a habitat management facility -- which first took shape in the late 1990s -- has now become a reality.
The driveway to the building has been paved with asphalt and the base of the pad is crushed concrete. A layer of rock is being laid down on top of the crushed concrete. Currently, vehicles travel to and from the building via one entrance. In the near future this will be a one-way entrance, with an exit being created east of the building. There is also access to the fire lines on the Center Tract property for work vehicles on the back side of the building pad.
The WHM shade house Offices in the new WHM building
Adjacent to the facility is a shade house, which resembles a lanai. This will be used to grow native vegetation to be planted on SCCF conservation lands. An irrigation system is being installed to maintain the grasses and other plants in the shade house. A weather station has been installed on the roof of the building to monitor conditions in the center part of the island. This will be very useful to help plan for future controlled burns on conservation lands. For current weather conditions, click here...
The new Wildlife Habitat Management Facility was made possible, in large part, thanks to a generous contribution from the Haas family.