Palmer Ranch Watershed & Natural Assets Committee

Our Mission Statement:

Built with the natural environment in mind, Palmer Ranch is a widely recognized area leader, highly valued for its well-managed natural lands, waterways, fish and wildlife. The Palmer Ranch Watershed & Natural Assets Committee (NAC) works with the Palmer Ranch Master Association and its members — over 30 community associations — to support environmental appreciation and conservation by teaching community-wide standards and best management practices. We aim to engage residents and the broader community by offering comprehensive education and active outreach.

ENVIRONMENTAL APPRECIATION

We have a ton of opportunities to improve our ponds and increase plant diversity and Florida wildlife. When properly maintained, stormwater ponds can provide great fishing, birding, and wildlife viewing.

sandhill crane and colt
Sandhill Crane & Colt
majestic live oak tree
Majestic Live Oak Tree
roseate spoonbill in pond
Roseate Spoonbill in Pond

CONSERVATION

Encourage our communities and their residents to take any necessary actions to preserve our very special environment.

birds pay an early morning visit to a large retention pond in stoneybrook golf and country club
Birds Pay an Early Morning Visit to a Large Retention Pond in Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club

RESTORATION

Taking proactive measures to restore stormwater retention ponds and other natural areas to their former beauty and functionality with the concomitant return of wildlife.

retention pond with healthy plant buffers
Retention Pond with Healthy Plant Buffers
restoring wetland areas
Restoring Wetland Areas

EDUCATION

Providing education through various sources and sharing experiences of other communities.

guided tour of stoneybrook
Guided Tour of Stoneybrook
shirt given to nature tour attendees
Shirt Given to Nature Tour Attendees
educational signage along waterways
Educational Signage Along Waterways

COMMUNITY-WIDE STANDARDS AND BEST PRACTICES

Sharing recommendations of Sarasota County and environmental experts to educate our communities and their residents on Best Management Practices (BMPs). BMPs are what can establish Palmer Ranch as an example for other communities in Florida and the nation for managing natural assets.

learn how to irrigate properly
Learn How to Irrigate Properly
add beneficial aquatic plants
Add Beneficial Aquatic Plants
create a pond buffer zone
Create a Pond Buffer Zone