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Thank you for your support!

To all of our community members who voiced support for sustainable growth as part of the Rivergrass Village hearing, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida extends a heartfelt thank you!

While the Rivergrass project was approved in a 3-2 vote at the Collier County Commission meeting on January 28th, your emails, public comments and attendance at the Commission meeting sends a strong message to our elected officials. Our community will continue to stand up for the protection of wetlands, listed species, sustainable development and quality of life within the Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA) of eastern Collier County and hold decision-makers accountable.
We extend special thanks to Commission Chairman Burt Saunders and Commissioner Penny Taylor for voting against Rivergrass Village.

Rivergrass is still far from a done deal. The project’s impact on approximately 700 acres of primary panther habitat is part of a proposed 50-year federal mega-permit under review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – a permit that the Conservancy and dozens of other organizations continue to oppose.

The Conservancy will provide you updates on Rivergrass and other RLSA applications when new information is available. To learn more about these issues, please visit our Eastern Collier County webpage at: https://www.conservancy.org/our-work/policy/eastern-collier-county

The Conservancy will continue to monitor the application for Rivergrass Village and the larger federal permit for Rural Lands West/Town of Big Cypress. We will continue to advocate for a better plan, which meets the goals of the RLSA and protects the Florida panther and all listed species.


Rural Lands West

potential impacts to Eastern Collier County


(Rural Lands Stewardship Area - RLSA)


(Eastern Collier Habitat Conservation Plan)


(Impacts of proposed roadway network)

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