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Small Management Plans, Minor Plan Amendments and Incompatible Use & Linear Facilities Policy Requests Highlights

Management Plans for Properties 160 Acres and Smaller

The Office Of Environmental Services has received the following land management plans for properties 160 acres and smaller in size. Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) members who wish to have any of these plans placed on a formal ARC agenda for discussion should contact Hank Vinson, ARC Staff Director, prior to the date indicated below. Please note that at least three ARC members must make the request for a plan for a property smaller than 160 acres in size to be scheduled for an ARC agenda. If we do not receive three requests by the stated deadline to schedule a plan for consideration at an ARC meeting, the plan will be approved.

Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area, Royce Unit

IFAS-CREF Sublease No. 4034-01

This 200 acre property is an agricultural research citrus grove, sub-leased by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Citrus Research and Education Foundation (IFAS-CREF) from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) approved the sublease in April 2008. CREF manages the property for citrus production research and reinvests revenue from fruit sales in agricultural research conducted on site. CREF will utilize this property for citrus production research and education purposes for the duration of the sub-lease agreement. At execution of the sub-lease, approximately 180 acres of mature citrus trees were present on the property and grove rehabilitation strategies were necessary to bring the grove back into viable production. Upon termination of the sublease, this property will be restored to native conditions. Currently no significant natural or cultural resources exist on the property, and no public use or access is allowed or anticipated.
Although this property was acquired with CARL and Florida Forever funding as part of the larger Lake Wales Ridge WEA acquisition, its current approved use for citrus production research is not conducive to management for conservation purposes. Consequently, the Division of State Lands, FWC, and IFAS-CREF have jointly determined that initial consideration of this plan would be most appropriate through the ARC negative response process.
The link below contains the plan and associated maps. The plan will be approved by the Division of State Lands unless three ARC members request that it be considered at a future Council meeting. The deadline for requesting that it be considered by ARC is September 15, 2014. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Jacqueline Burns, IFAS-CREF, at jkbu@ufl.edu or David Alden, FWC, at David.Alden@myFWC.com.

IFAS Citrus Research and Education Foundation Management Plan

Florida Horse Park

Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park Authority, Sublease No. 4013-90-1

The Florida Horse Park is a 500 acre equestrian facility located in Marion County. It is situated within the Cross Florida Greenway State Recreation and Conservation Area, which is managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways and Trails. However, the Horse Park is not part of the Wildlife Management Area of the Greenway. There are multiple permanent and temporary structures on the property. Outside the primary area utilized by the Horse Park Authority, the property consists of cleared fields of grass and wooded acres. Additionally, there are several miles of riding trails through the Horse Park and connecting to the Cross Florida Greenway. There are no outstanding areas or features on the property other than the Horse Park Facility.
The Florida Agriculture Center & Horse Park Authority (FACHPA) was created on March 14, 1996 by Sections 570.951 and 570.952, Florida Statutes (F.S.). Although this property is considered conservation land by virtue of the sublease from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), and is greater than the 160 acre threshold which requires the management plan to be considered by ARC at a regularly scheduled hearing, the primary purpose of this sublease is for the operation and maintenance of the Florida Horse Park as outlined in Section 253.7825(4)(a), F.S. As such, the Division of State Lands, FDACS, and FACHPA have jointly determined that initial consideration of this plan would be most appropriate through the ARC negative response process.
The link below contains the plan and associated maps. The plan will be approved by the Division of State Lands unless three ARC members request that it be placed on an agenda for consideration at a future Council meeting. The deadline for requesting that it be considered by ARC is August 4, 2014.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Ms. Jennifer Reed, Land Planning Coordinator, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, at Jennifer.reed@freshfromflorida.com.
The Florida Horse Park Management Plan can be found at the following link:

Florida Horse Park Management Plan

Minor Amendments to Management Plans

 

Emergency Requests

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Management Plan Addendum

Linear Facilities/Incompatible Use Requests

Access and Utility Easement – West Orange Trail

KRYF Holdings, LLC, is requesting two small crossings totaling 0.017 acres over a section of the West Orange Trail owned by the Board of Trustees, leased to the Division of Recreation and Parks, and subleased and managed by Orange County. The easement will provide access as well as water and sewer connectivity to adjacent private property being developed as a daycare facility. The Applicant will work with both the Florida Park Service and Orange County to determine the net positive benefit obligation. A description of the request and an analysis of its compliance with the Board of Trustees’ Incompatible Use Policy can be found at the following link:

KRYF Easement: West Orange Trail

The Division of State Lands will approve this easement unless at least three ARC members ask that it be placed on a future Council meeting agenda. The request deadline is August 29, 2014.
If you have any questions or need further information, contact Matt Klein with the Division of Recreation and Parks’ Office of Park Planning.


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