T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve, protects Sarasota County's water supply and habitat for wildlife. It does not permit pets. Pets are permitted elsewhere on leash in 71 parklands and off leash in 5 others. Click Here for list.
Need a Wilderness Break?--check out Darryl Saffer's new Field Journal episode: Wyoming Wild
So when the Washington Post asked Wilson what he thought about the mechanism by which these environments relax, rejuvenate and restore people. His answer was simple but pretty sweeping at the same time.
“Instinctively, without understanding what’s happening, they know that in certain wild environments, they have come home.”
Three miles of Myakka River and 1143 acres of headwaters placed in conservation easement.
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The images below were captured by a trail camera before, during and after a prescribed burn to reduce fire load--note the immediate return of wildlife.
THANK YOU for Helping us protect this NATURAL LAND LEGACY
for us, our children, and our children's children during the recent Giving Partner Challenge !!!
Go to the 2015-16 Newsletter to see what your membership, volunteerism and donations accomplished in the 2015-16 season.
"Carlton" is the name given to the swallow tailed kite tagged in the Reserve June 14. Local Audubon groups and the Friends of the Carlton donated $2000 to help track and these birds as they migrate 10,000 miles through Central America to the rainforests of Brazil.
Photo by Will Randall
Darryl Saffer video news:
The Evil Weevil part 3 now airing on the Education Channel, You Tube
Wildlife Photography: second in a web series on You Tube.
Notebook sketch of Oscar Scherer State Park: Florida Field Journal
"Not Long Ago," a FL Field Journal video is being screened Feb. 14, 2016 in Gainesville: Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival: schedule
Saving the Giant Air Plant
Bromeliad Weevil Report to Florida Council of Bromeliad Society
by Dr. Teresa Cooper, UF Entomologist
February 2016 more info
Jean-Louis Dumaine's photo gallery of Sarasota County's
Guess who turned up for the first time (confirmed) in the history of the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve ? CLICK HERE
Dr. Mary Jelks on Myakka River State Park
oral history project Slideshow
Groups move to protect state parks
Evil, The Weevil! part 2
Mexican invasive insect threatens bromeliads
see Darryl Saffer's latest FL Field Journal filmed in the Carlton Reserve
Starring Donna Day, Dr. Theresa Cooper and Mike Owen, click here
Photo by Darryl Saffer: Hummingbird Clearwing
Beauty from the ashes--new photo by Debbie Blanco
You never know what's waiting for you in the forest. . .Check this out
Carlton Reserve featured in Harbor Style magazine: Seeking Serenity p. 78-88
(Excellent article overall but here are some corrections/clarifications)
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County Administrator Tom Harmon with wife Dee Dee bike the Carlton Reserve with Scorr riders Steve and Linda Christian--on a hot and humid June day. Russ Johnson was ready in the cabin with cold water. Steve writes:"This morning we added a couple of new riders to the ranks of Scorr Rider. Tom Harmer, Sarasota County Administer, and his wife Dee Dee joined Linda and I for aride at the Carlton Reserve. The weather cooperated by providing a cooling cloud cover and only a few sprinkles. It was Tom and Dee Dee's first experience on off-road bikes. Thanks to Real Bikes Venice for providing a full-suspension Giant Lust to smooth out the bumps for Dee Dee's ride. We Boldly went but we did not Boldlygo."
Commissioner Christine Robinson bicycles the Carlton Reserve with Steve Christian to check out the new SCORR off road bike (and hike) 9.3 mile loop trail as well as the proposed biking link to North Port via Myakkahatchee Creek Preserve.
"CONNECTING WITHOUT CARS"
featuring Legacy Trail and Train Station: 130,000 (est.)users
Friends of Carlton members and staff recently attended a Symposium on the Florida panther hosted by UF College of Law Conservation Clinic, GreenLaw, Florida Sierra Club and the Center For Biological Diversity.
Dale White 1/28/2014
Tom Tryon 2/2/14
It's Gone!! The Tucker's Camp Trailer retires.
Click here for gallery. Russ organizes Sarasota County volunteers to help Bill Lemons and his crew remove (permanently) Tucker's Camp trailer for restoration in Indiana.
We are a 501(C)3 community support organization whose mission is to support the parks and natural lands of Sarasota County, Florida.
With 24,565 acres on the state protected "wild and scenic" Myakka River, the Carlton Reserve has over 90 miles of trails and nearly 40 square miles for wilderness recreation:
The Carlton Reserve is wilderness habitat/environmentally sensitive land:
No pets No hunting
Economic Benefits of Wilderness: US Fish&Wildlife Service
$4.87 economic benefit for each tax dollar spent on wilderness Click here
75% from passive recreation: hiking, biking, picnicking Click here
Global Forest Change Map: zoom in to view Florida and Carlton
Threatened Native Bromeliad Found in Carlton Reserve Picture here
Friends of the Carlton receive Microsoft grant Click here
Fall 2012 Newsletter Click here
VOLUNTEER WEDNESDAYS RESUME Click here.
Guide and Maps of Invasive Species Click here.
VIDEOS, OTHER RESOURCES
Florida Field Journal: Crowley Museum and Nature Center: video
Florida Field Journal: Selby Gardens 1, by Darryl Saffer video
FL Field Journal: Fire and Flood, Myakka RSP by Darryl Saffer video
Monitor Poaching in Africa, Sri Lanka on iPhone:Instant Wild
Photo of the Month: Stewards of the Land, the Next Generation
Leucistic Buck caught on cameras in Carlton over 5 years: click here
Nature Conservancy Buys Critical Panther Corridor: Click here.
Florida Field Journal: Baby Birds, Save Our Seabirds,by Darryl Saffer:video
Florida Field Journal: Celery Fields-Jeanne Dubi: by Darryl Saffer:video
Gators Gather at Deep Hole: video
Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 17, 2013. View here
Cornell Ornithology Lab Project Preview: BIRDS OF PARADISE
World Heritage Sites 360˚ aerial views
PantherTalk and Natural Lands
Panther Breeding Territory Expanding Northward? Herald Tribune, Oct.12
Panthers May be Moving North St. Pete Times Jan.04
Panther Habitat Facts Tampa Tribune
Panther Habitat Protection in Florida Sierra Club
Lawsuit Over Panther Habitat Protection Sierra Club
Friends of the Fakahatchee Trail Camera Gallery
The Wanderer, Panther No. 62 Craig Pittman
Paving Paradise Craig Pittman