New Coral Gables Office to Boost The Nature Conservancy’s Efforts

In proximity to key North American and Caribbean marine-protection work, the office also will provide a hub for The Nature Conservancy’s Central and South American programs

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL | April 27, 2010

The Nature Conservancy has opened the doors to a new office in Coral Gables.

The office will add to The Nature Conservancy’s profile in a region central to numerous globally significant conservation efforts. “Miami-Dade County is an important crossroads for North and South America,” said Karen Dudley, The Nature Conservancy’s director of philanthropy for Southeast Florida. “It’s also a key location for The Nature Conservancy and its work in Florida, the Caribbean and beyond.”

The Nature Conservancy's work in and around South Florida includes coral reef resilience strategies in the Florida Keys, oyster reef restoration in the Indian River Lagoon and public acquisition of more than 18,200 acres of environmentally crucial wetlands in southern Miami-Dade County.

Overall, The Nature Conservancy has helped protect 1.2 million acres in Florida, including more than 600,000 in the Everglades watershed.

The organization also has led efforts to stem the onslaught of non-native invasive plants and animals, including that of the Burmese python into the Keys.

Six South Floridians serve on the 30-member Florida Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy.

“This office will be a significant asset for The Nature Conservancy and its many partners,” said one of those trustees, Carmenza Jarmillo, of Coral Gables. “On the international side, it’s a short and easy drive to Miami International Airport, which makes the office readily available for our colleagues from the Caribbean and Central and South America who visit South Florida.”

Located at 255 Alhambra Circle, Suite 312, the office is in the heart of the downtown Coral Gables business district. A by-invitation opening event will be held May 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 5 p.m. with Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick II officiating.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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