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1-7-14 CREW Trust Week

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1-7-14 CREW Trust Week
The CREW Land and Water Trust is a private, non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of the water resources and natural communities in and around the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW); and Whereas, the Crew Trust has been coordinating land acquisitions, land management, and public use of this 60,000-acre watershed in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission for 25 years; and Whereas, the CREW is the largest intact watershed in southwest Florida, straddling Lee and Collier Counties; and Whereas, CREW’s majestic 5,000-acre sawgrass marsh is the headwaters for the entire watershed – which includes the National Audubon Society’s famous Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary – located south of the marsh; and Whereas, this unique watershed provides southwest Floridians aquifer recharge for our drinking water, natural flood protection, water purification, wildlife habitat and a beautiful space for public recreation; and Whereas, the CREW Land & Water Trust provides guided walks for the public, environmental education programs for all ages, special events for members, teacher workshops, and presentations to community groups; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby declare the week of January 5-11, 2014 as CREW TRUST WEEK in Lee County and encourages all Southwest Floridians to support the CREW Trust and its mission and to show the upmost gratitude and respect on their 25 year anniversary.