Conserving Coastal Habitats and Aquatic Resources

The Natural Resource Policy Department helps fulfill SCCF’s advocacy role for natural resource protection, bringing island concerns into a broader arena and also bringing a sound scientific grounding to the policy discussion.

 SCCF’s Natural Resource Policy Director, Rae Ann Wessel, works on policy development and provision of outreach for the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation related to the protection and restoration of important habitats, land management issues, fish and wildlife conservation and water resources.

Natural Resource Policy activities include:

  • Coordination of SCCF’s current efforts regarding water management and natural resource protection in the Caloosahatchee watershed and associated estuaries.
  • Collaboration with other non-profit organizations and government agency interaction to gather and share information regarding natural resource protection in our region
  • Plans for effective SCCF influence in local, regional and State-wide environmental isues impacting the SCCF's mission     
  • Monitoring of proposed changes to codes, ordinances, rules, comprehensive land use plans and other legislation which may have a negative impact on natural resources and/or wildlife habitat at City, County, State, and Federal levels, including, development intensity, zoning, water management, pollution control and habitat degradation.
  • Development of strategies to best address particular issues (whether through enforcement, legislation, and/or by working with the groups involved).