Erick Lindblad, Executive Director
Erick Lindblad has served as the Executive Director of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation since 1986.
has been instrumental in the Foundation's acquisition of over 1,190 acres of Wildlife Preserve areas on and around Sanibel and Captiva.
In 2002, he
oversaw the establishment of SCCF's Marine Laboratory
has grown from a full-time staff of four to over 30 full-time employees, including grant-supported positions and interns.
has coordinated and actively participated in land management activities including invasive non-native plant control, prescribed burning (Division of Forestry Burn Manager Certification), gopher tortoise management and surface water management projects.
has been accomplished by a variety of means, including fee simple, bargain sale, development agreement and donation.
As part of his
commitment to the sustainable development of Southwest Florida, Erick
serves on Conservation 20/20, Lee County's Conservation Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Council
and the Land Management Subcommittee.
He also was appointed by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners to serve as the county's representative on the Babcock Ranch Inc.
Board, which oversees the management of the state's 71,000-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve in Lee and Charlotte Counties.
He served on the Board of the International Osprey Foundation, the Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association and the Babcock Preservation Partnership, and also served on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.
Erick has served on various City of Sanibel committees over the years including the Budget Review Committee, Wildlife Committee, Interior Wetlands Study Committee, and the Algae Task force.
He serves as Treasurer of the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Fund, and was awarded the Walter Klie Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce (although he likes to think of it as 'mid-lifetime').
Prior to his tenure at the Conservation Foundation, he served as Director of Newfound Harbor Marine Institute at Seacamp on Big Pine Key, FL from 1979 to 1986.
He graduated in 1974 from Millikin University in Illinois with a B.A. in Biology.