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48 acres of land protected near Celery Fields in Sarasota County

The group says the farm fields of the property are just east of the Celery Fields.
Credit: Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — More than 48 acres of land that sits right beside a popular Sarasota County park has been set aside for conservation. 

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast announced that the protection was made possible by a landowner who donated a conservation easement.

The group says the farm fields of the property are just east of the Celery Fields and may provide habitats for birds, like the eastern meadowlark and the loggerhead shrike.

“We are very grateful to this landowner for his commitment to conservation,” Christine P. Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation said in a statement. “The protection of these 48 acres ensures the scenic vistas viewed from the top of the Celery Fields hill will be enjoyed for generations to come and provides valuable environmental benefits to our entire community.”

The 48.44-acres are also within the Phillippi Creek and Sarasota Bay Watersheds, allowing the land to filter and store water to help with flood prevention and improve water quality.