Click for Google Maps location of Myron and Helen Gibbons Nature Preserve

On April 16, 2005, a ceremony was held at the Preserve to dedicate the site. All living members of the Gibbons family were in attendance. If you look closely, you can see U.S. Congressman (retired) Sam Gibbons, brother of Myron, peeking out from behind another family member.

Protected Lands

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
Native American Proverb

The Tampa Bay Conservancy works with willing landowners, community groups and state and local agencies to preserve natural and agricultural land. We are committed to providing landowners information regarding land preservation programs and providing solutions where appropriate. Like other land trusts, we fill conservation niches not covered by government land preservation programs or national and international non-profit programs. We can often provide solutions for landowners when government program timelines or acreage criteria may not meet their needs.

The Tampa Bay Conservancy is a member of the Land Trust Alliance (LTA) and has adopted "LTA's Standard's and Practices" for ethical and sound land trust management.

The Myron and Helen Gibbons Nature Preserve

Myron and Helen Gibbons Nature Preserve is a 60-acre site with about a 1/2-mile of Alafia River shoreline. Bell Creek meanders through oak & pinewoods and mixed hardwood & Cypress wetlands before it's confluence with the Alafia River.

Visit the preserve information page.

 

Troy Samuel Cumming Nature Preserve

 

The Troy Samuel Cumming Nature Preserve is a 6.09 acre site comprised of healthy bottomland hardwood hammock forest that provides habitat for native wildlife including fox, deer and numerous bird species.  Walking through the forest, one will encounter large hickory, southern magnolia, red bay, oaks, and cabbage palms and may hear native birds including Carolina wrens, pileated woodpeckers, Northern cardinals and barred owls.  There are notable limestone rocky outcroppings as well, a visual reminder of Florida’s unique geology. 

The property is located near Withlacoochee State Forest and in the vicinity of a project on the Florida Forever State wish list.  Click here to read an article posted in the Citrus Daily Newspaper about the dedication of this land. 

 

Bullfrog Creek 

Bullfrog Creek is 1,620 acres and is actually composed of 2 separately managed parcels, both of which are managed as mitigation areas.  The western half is a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Gopher Tortoise Mitigation Park where as the eastern half is managed by Hillsborough County as a mitigation bank site. 

The site is located on the west side of Hwy 301 about 3 miles south of Big Bend Rd.  It is not currently open to the public, but will have future recreation opportunities.  

Recent changes: Project partners from five different agencies, non-profits, and industry contributed funds and in-kind services to demonstrate five different management strategies for improving water quality and wildlife habitat in the riparian buffer zone of the Bullfrog Creek Scrub Preserve in southern Hillsborough County. The partners included: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Tampa Bay Conservancy, Inc., Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; Hillsborough County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and Mosaic Fertilizer Company. AMEC Environment and Infrastructure was contracted to provide engineering and environmental services.

 Design and construction of two low-flow water crossings across tributaries to Bullfrog Creek was completed in June 2014 using geoweb and stone to allow maintenance vehicles access to the site while minimizing impacts to water quality and streambeds. Prescribed burning was conducted on 180 acres of upland in April 2013 to control invasive exotics and maintain fire-adapted native plant communities. Herbicides were applied to 122 acres north and south of Bullfrog Creek in 2013 and 2014 to control cogon grass and other invasive plants. Roughly 1800 Florida-friendly trees and native plants were installed in the riparian buffer in July 2013 to improve water quality and habitat.

 A field day on Land Stewardship and Economic Advantages of BMPs was held November 6, 2014 attended by 13 local ranchers and agriculture professionals. An FFA and 4-H field day for Cow-Calf BMPs and riparian buffer planting was held on November 8 attended by 22 FFA/4-H students and their sponsors.