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Acquisition and Restoration Council Responsibilities

The Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) is a 10-member group with representatives from four state agencies, four appointees of the Governor, one appointee by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and one appointee by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS). ARC has responsibility for the evaluation, selection and ranking of state land acquisition projects on the Florida Forever priority list, as well as the review of management plans and land uses for all state-owned conservation lands.

With assistance from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) staff and the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), ARC has the following responsibilities:

Acquisition responsibilities:
  • Reviews Florida Forever project proposals and decides evaluation needs.
  • Determines final project boundaries.
  • Establishes priority ranking of projects and adopts annual land acquisition work plan.
Management responsibilities:
  • Reviews all management plans for state-owned lands.
  • Reviews land use requests on state conservation lands, including easements, subleases and others.
FNAI provides scientific support to DEP staff and ARC in several key ways:
  • Scientific review of newly proposed land acquisition projects.
  • Comprehensive analysis and scoring of all Florida Forever projects using the Conservation Needs Assessment and F-Trac.
  • Reviews land management plans and participates in land management reviews.


Please contact Hank Vinson Staff Director at (850)245-2713 for additional information.

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