As one of the largest land owners in Florida, Collier Enterprises understands the importance of environmental stewardship. The company has worked to preserve expansive environmental areas and open spaces and has focused on sustainability when planning new communities and other projects.
Over the years, Collier Enterprises has donated or conveyed over 260,000 acres of land to maintain the environmental balance and economic health of Southwest Florida. Collier lands were instrumental in the creation of the Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
Collier Enterprises’ groundbreaking, environmentally sensitive efforts have been widely praised. In 1994, Collier’s Reserve Country Club became the first golfing community in the world to achieve designation as a Certified Audubon International Signature Sanctuary. The Old Collier Golf Club was the world’s first golf course to be recognized as a Gold Signature Sanctuary by Audubon and the first club in the continental United States to use the salt-tolerant Paspalum turf grass, developed by Collier Enterprises, throughout the entire course. Both golf clubs are known for their natural beauty and abundant wildlife.
During Collier Enterprises’ ownership of Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club, the marina was certified as a Clean and Resilient Marina. Only a small percentage of Florida marinas meet the high standards of this voluntary program under the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Collier Enterprises continues to be a leader in environmental stewardship by carefully merging wildlife protection, water conservation, natural habitat enhancement, and sound business operations.