The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE), Northwest Florida’s leading residential and commercial property developer, and The St. Joe Community Foundation have signed an agreement with The Humane Society of the United States, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and Freeport based Nokuse Plantation to support the relocation and rehabilitation of the Gopher Tortoise, one of Florida’s threatened species.
Since its inception, The St. Joe Community Foundation has donated in excess of $18M to charities and nonprofits in the Northwest Florida region. The Foundation has supported other environmental programs with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, South Walton Turtle Watch as well as environmental activities with local schools.The Gopher Tortoise will be rehoused on land at the Nokuse Plantation, a 53,000 acre preserve located in Walton County, Florida and owned by Mr. M.C. Davis. Nokuse is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and restoration of Florida's native species, including gopher tortoises. “The gopher tortoise is considered a keystone species and is an essential part of our overall restoration of the longleaf pine sandhill ecosystem. We are grateful to be part of this unprecedented program between The St. Joe Community Foundation, The St. Joe Company, The Humane Society of the United States, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to relocate gopher tortoises from development sites throughout Florida to our preserve,” said Matt Aresco, The Nokuse Plantation’s Director. About the St. Joe Community Foundation Since its inception, the St. Joe Community Foundation (STJCF) has provided more than $18 million in grants to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. STJCF provides charitable grants primarily in Bay and Walton Counties that embrace the arts, strengthen education, protect the environment and improve healthcare. These efforts help build healthy, caring, long-lived communities. For more information, visit www.stjcf.com. About The St. Joe Company The St. Joe Company is a Florida-based real estate development and operating company. The Company owns land concentrated primarily in Northwest Florida and has significant residential and commercial land-use entitlements in hand or in process. The Company also owns various commercial, resort and club properties. More information about the Company can be found on its website at www.joe.com.