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Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research Experince

In 2016, the Foundation reached out to the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment to explore opportunities to work together to advance the mutual goals of training the next generation of environmental leaders by providing real world experiences to undergraduate students. The Foundation identified Virginia Tech as a potential partner due to Virginia […]

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Randolph-Macon College Environmental Studies 2016-2017 Project

During the 2016 Fall Semester, the Foundation was privileged to work with Dr. Michael Fenster at Randolph-Macon College (RMC) in Ashland, VA.  Dr. Fenster is the Director of Environmental Studies Program and professor of various environmental studies courses aimed at preparing students to meet and solve challenging environmental problems of the 21st century. As part of […]

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2017 Summer Internship

The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation is proud to announce a 2017 Summer Internship award to William Neville of Vienna, VA.  Will was selected from a highly qualified pool of applicants from colleges and universities in Virginia.  The Foundation is excited to involve Will in developing ecological enhancement and associated public educational opportunities within the Town of Vienna […]

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Working with students at Randolph-Macon College

The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation is excited to be working with Dr. Michael Fenster at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA.  Dr. Fenster is the Director of Environmental Studies Program and Professor of EVST 105: Introduction to Environmental Problem Solving.  This fall, the students in the class received a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the Foundation […]

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Women in Natural Resources Conference at Virginia Tech

Several members of The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation recently attended Women in Natural Resources Conference at Virginia Tech. The premise of the fall conference was to highlight the role of women in natural resources and to offer tools, resources, and inspiration to succeed professionally and grow personally. The 2-day event, held on campus, drew […]

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Triangle Ranch is protected forever.

The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation is thrilled to share the news that Triangle Ranch is protected forever.  Earlier this year, the Foundation supported the efforts of Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast plus other like-minded philanthropist and Southwest Florida Water Management District to secure 1,143 acres of of land in Manatee County, FL.  As […]

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WWSB ABC-7: $2M approved to preserve site near Myakka Park

By: Christopher Brantley May 25, 2016 Triangle Ranch sits right across the street from Myakka State Park and has three miles of the Myakka River running through it. SWFTMD’s preliminary vote Tuesday allows them to spend up to $2 million towards the conservation easement and guarantees money to purchase the property. Triangle Ranch is home to wildlife from […]

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Bradenton Herald: Triangle Ranch near Myakka one step closer to becoming a conservation easement

BY HANNAH MORSE hemorse@bradenton.com MANATEE A little piece of Old Florida is well on its way to being forever protected after a unanimous vote by the 13-member governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The vote Tuesday approved terms and negotiations to turn six-generation-owned, 1,100-acre Carlton Triangle Ranch into a conservation easement, which […]

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The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation is excited to partner with Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast to support conservation and restoration efforts on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

The Morton and Spapperi Family Foundation recently donated $50,000 to Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast in support of permanently protecting the 1,143-acre Triangle Ranch in Manatee County, FL. Placing Triangle Ranch in conservation will help protect and improve water quality and flood protection along the Myakka River. It will also conserve high quality natural […]