Saving the West Klosterman Preserve
Our group has undertaken the mission to SAVE FROM DEVELOPMENT and to preserve a beautiful, natural, untouched 14 acres of land in Tarpon Springs that is teeming with native animals and plant life, including some endangered species. These 14 acres are adjacent to the 76-acre Mariner’s Point Management Area (MPMA), an environmental preservation area owned by Pinellas County.
Pinellas County Schools owns this property, and has agreed with WKPG and Pinellas County that the land should become a preserve. But PCS also needs to raise money for their school facilities, and needs to receive at least $3MM in value for this property to spend on school facilities. WKPG has agreed with PCS to raise the money required, and are cooperating with Pinellas County to raise money and obtain matching funds from the County. It is the plan that Pinellas County would own and operate the West Klosterman Preserve. Pinellas County has appropriated $1.5 million for the project. As of November 1, 2023, WKPG has raised over $777,000 and is campaigning to raise the remaining $723,000 that will combine with County and other funds to make the final goal.
The Future for You and the WK Preservation Group
You can be proud to be a part of the team working to save the West Klosterman Preserve and other important slices of paradise in Pinellas County. Thank you for your support and contributions. Thanks also to the many partners and people who have come alongside as we pursue the vision of preserving natural habitat sites in Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay area.
The West Klosterman Preserve demonstrates the strength of real people uniting to achieve a worthwhile goal and gaining support from organizations and government by working with them constructively and respectfully.
The WK Preservation Group expects to continue with our work and will be announcing our next preservation project soon. We look forward to working with you to continue to identify and preserve natural habitat projects for our community and the people and living things that make their homes there.
In The News
Tampa Bay Times:
Pinellas County Pledges $1.5M
Tampa Bay Newswire:
Philanthroptist Helps West Klosterman Preserve Double Donations
FOX 13 Report:
West Klosterman preserve threatened by potential development