Water & Air teamed with another consultant to help prepare the Babcock Ranch Preserve Conceptual Management Plan for the State-acquired 89,000-acre working ranch in Lee and Charlotte Counties, Florida. The plan described the complex nature of the proposed management approach and detailed the responsibilities for the public-private partnership which included the Florida Forest Service, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lee and Charlotte Counties, Babcock Ranch, Inc., and Babcock Ranch LLC. A plan was developed to provide guidance to the State on important land management strategies for this unique partnership.
- Compiled general planning information regarding the project site.
- Documented the Preserve’s ground and surface water features.
- Created the project’s website according to client specifications.
The conceptual management plan was approved in August 2008 by the Acquisition and Restoration Council to protect the site’s environmental, agricultural, cultural and recreational assets for the State of Florida and its citizens.