The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed.
Since incorporating in 1967, SCCF has acquired and preserved environmentally sensitive land on and around the islands. This land includes critical wildlife habitats, rare and unique subtropical plant communities, tidal wetlands, and freshwater wetlands along the Sanibel River. Without protection, many of these areas would have been lost to residential and commercial development, either directly or by fragmentation of habitat.
Over the years, with support of the community and visitors, we have:
- acquired over 1,800 acres of wildlife habitat;
- removed invasive, non-native plants and restored native vegetation;
- encouraged people to landscape for wildlife through our native plant nursery;
- introduced over 65,000 people a year to barrier island ecology;
- involved volunteers with sea turtle, nesting shorebird, plant propagation and other nature programs; and
- undertaken research on land and in our surrounding waters.
The Foundation has approximately 21 full-time staff members, one part-time consultant, three interns, 300 volunteers, and 3,000 members. Six priority program areas forward its mission: Environmental Education, Land Acquisition, Landscaping for Wildlife, Marine Research, Natural Resource Policy, Sea Turtle Conservation, and Wildlife Habitat Management.
Our barrier islands are a fragile environment. What you enjoy here today is the result of the concerted efforts of the many who preceded us. They have made a difference. We encourage you to join us in the continuing stewardship of our sanctuary islands.
Mission Statement & Goals
In order to achieve its mission, the Conservation Foundation strives to attain the following goals:
- Ensure the protection of land for wildlife habitat.
- Enhance the ecological integrity of island habitats and quality of surrounding waters through responsible stewardship.
- Inspire the community to increase its dedication to the preservation and stewardship of natural resources and wildlife habitat.
- Enhance the capacity of the organization to achieve its mission.
In order to attain its goals, the Conservation Foundation, is implementing the following strategies:
Land Protection Strategies
- Acquire land and interests in land to ensure its protection.
- Serve as a catalyst to support land protection efforts that influence our region.
- Work with government agencies and conservation groups to facilitate land protection on and around the islands.
Resource Management Strategies
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- Implement a land-management program on SCCF land that can serve as a model for effective stewardship.
- Facilitate effective stewardship of private lands to support wildlife habitat.
- Work with government agencies, businesses, and private individuals to develop an integrated management approach to lands on the islands - both developed and undeveloped.
- Conduct directed research on resource management issues affecting the integrity and sustainability of the Charlotte Harbor Estuarine System, including coastal habitats.
- Positively influence public officials, resource managers, and regulatory officials in making decisions affecting the Charlotte Harbor Estuarine System through the collection and dissemination of scientific knowledge and data.
Environmental Education Strategies
- Engage the island community and visitors in experiences designed to increase their awareness and understanding of the natural world and participation in its preservation.
- Create and maintain partnerships with businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions to promote environmental education and stewardship activities.
- Integrate education programs with other activities of the Foundation.
- Undertake onging research to assess the educational effectiveness of programs at SCCF.
Capacity Building Strategies
- Expand membership support of the Foundation.
- Create a stable and dependable base of funding.
- Develop the human resources needed to support the organization.
- Create financial and administrative systems to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.
- Build awareness and support of the Foundation among our primary constituents.
- Engage disengaged residents and business owners.