ROOKERY BAY NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE
Our Mission & Impact
Our vision is resilient estuaries and coastal watersheds where human and natural communities thrive.
How We Help
- Manage coastal lands to ensure their health and to serve as a model of appropriate land stewardship for other organizations.
- Understanding our long history and existing human connections is key to appreciating the entire socioeconomic system.
- Bridging science, management, and community involvement will lead to resilient, productive, and adaptable ecosystems and human communities.
- Share scientific information that forms the basis for an appreciation of the value of the environment, which in turn promotes a public sense of ownership of natural resources.
The Collier County Conservancy, the National Audubon Society, and the Nature Conservancy galvanized community support that resulted in more than $600,000 being raised to buy 3,362 acres of land that would have been otherwise destroyed. This land ultimately became the Rookery Bay Sanctuary, prompting the birth of a legacy.