The Picayune Nature Club (PNC) is a non-profit Florida Corporation formed 8 years ago as a place for people to connect and gather for the benefit of Picayune Strand State Forest.
A hot spot for information exchange and creation of opportunities to help our local and newest State Forest to be the best it can be. The third largest in the State, Picayune Strand is a place filled with natural life for us to serve and be proud of.
The Picayune Strand State Forest is extremely unique in many, many ways.
We provide events for people of all back grounds to appreciate and learn about the forest.
The PNC provides venues for those willing to help directly with their hands.
We fund raise with our events and accept donations given directly to help Picayune Strand State Forest.
All money goes for the benefit the forest. No salaries or profit for anyone in any way. Picayune Nature Club, Inc. - State of Florida Registered Non-profit.
Doc. # N 13000000325. The mission of PNC is simple and recorded with the State of Florida Division of Corporations. The PNC exists for "the benefit of Picayune Strand State Forest". That's it period.
The following is how one can be a member of the PNC for 1 year.
Do at least 1 of the following:
#A. Donate $25 yearly membership fee per family or individual.
Pay in person at Snake Pit camp or The Edge Visitor center in Picayune.
Or somewhere else in Picayune Strand.
Just call or text me when and where and I’ll meet with you.
All money goes to PicayuneNatureClub, Inc.
Florida Non-profit corporation.
501 C 3. N 1 3000000325
#B. Come to an event, such as night ride or Tour de Picayune or help out in some way such as placing a table
or check it out and mow around one or something like repaint the top. Or picking up some trash set out by
somebody or pulling a malaleuca tree or reporting where some cogan grass or old world fern is starting to erupt.
Or sending in some pictures for posting on the website of a special plant or animal or bird or bug.
Something wild in Picayune Strand that you experienced. I am planning a night ride coming for the next full moon- or as soon as they(FFS) get the permit through.
#C. Send an e-mail with a photo attached of you and your boyfriend hugging or touching a native florida tree that grows in picayune of which will be posted on our website. This can be done once and stays in perpetuity as long your picture stays posted.
This also entitles you to a free PNC tee shirt, S, M, L or XL .
Okay, that’s it. Just do one of those 3 above- A, B, or C. Thanks again for your consideration for membership– Wes Wilkins, President of the PNC.
feel free to call or text anytime and just leave a message.
239 280-8837. (Direct cell)
Picayune Strand Forest is made up of two main tracts of land acquired by eminent domain, inverse condemnation and willing sellers. This enabled much better habitat for wildlife, flood control and curtailing urbanization and the result infinitely better than that of the typical urban sprawl that would ultimately result in the predictable course of rezoning land which equates to the sprawl of gas stations, drug stores, housing developments, strip malls, increased chemical run off, trash, deforestation, less freedom, less recreation etc...
This forest is also a key component of the "Save our Everglades" program that's intended to filter and clean up the water flowing out to the 10,000 islands estuary of southwest Florida and ultimately out to Florida Bay and onto the coral reefs still living along Florida Keys and the Florida straits. This land is under the ownership of South Florida Water Management and managed by the Florida Forest Service. A lot of good things have happened over the last decade to restore a great deal of the Forest and more work has been planned to occur over the next few years or so. Again , water quality is the main goal of the restoration along with the benefit of a much better ecology and better place to live for all in South Florida.
3 new pump stations have been designed and installed by the State of Florida and the United States Army Corps of engineers for the purpose of maintaining a natural sheet flow effect for the purpose of greatly improving water quality and subsequently all life as well existing in it's strands, sloughs, wetlands and estuaries of Southwest Florida.
The land is improving but has a long ways to go. The animals are thriving but also need a lot more. A place here and now where like minded people can contribute to the health and well being of future generations starting now.
A huge problem we are now facing is exotic plants and animals that are still thriving here. It's better, but the PNC sees a way for the public to help the Forest service to mitigate the situation .
After decades of neglect and impending doom, a new place for life and renewal is there to be discovered at every turn.
We appreciate each and every member, so feel free to call anytime to just talk or set up a time to visit in person and get to know more about each other and Picayune Strand.
Physical Location: 6040 Goshen Street, Naples, Florida -------------- Mail: 5721 Lee Williams Rd. Naples FL 34117
(239) 353-1648 - please leave a message if we're out.