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Florida Forever Highlights

Tates Hell State Forest, a Florida Forever project


Florida Forever is Florida’s premier conservation and recreation lands acquisition program, a blueprint for conserving natural resources and renewing Florida’s commitment to conserve the state’s natural and cultural heritage.

Florida Forever replaces Preservation 2000 (P2000), the largest public land acquisition program of its kind in the United States. With approximately 10 million acres managed for conservation in Florida, more than 2.5 million acres were purchased under the Florida Forever and P2000 programs.

Since the inception of the Florida Forever program, in July 2001, the State has purchased more than 718,126 acres of land with a little over $2.9 billion.

Through Florida Forever, the State has protected:

  • 607,860 acres of strategic habitat conservation areas
  • 572,540 acres of rare species habitat conservation areas, including 894 sites that are habitats for 320 different rare species, 133 of which are federal or state-listed as endangered, 61 federal or state-listed threatened, and 21 species of special concern
  • 712,670 acres of ecological greenways
  • 126,260 acres of under-represented natural communities
  • 506,319 acres landscape-sized protection areas
  • 382,900 acres of natural floodplains
  • 725,090 acres important to significant water bodies
  • 388,160 acres minimize damage from flooding
  • 9,360 acres of fragile coastline
  • 313,170 acres of functional wetlands
  • 703,890 acres of significant groundwater recharge areas
  • 410 miles of priority recreational trails
  • 377,560 acres of sustainable forest land
  • 956 archaeological/historic sites
  • 11,880 acres in urban service areas

Note: These acreages were derived from the most recently updated Florida Forever data layers, which are continuously amended to reflect the most current scientific analysis of Florida’s natural resources. Additionally the acreages recorded for each measure often overlap, and thus should not be added together.
Acquisition of natural resources is generally increasing each year; however, protected acreage for some natural resources may show a decline from the previous year for various reasons including updates to natural resource GIS layers and priorities, updates to conservation land boundaries, new information about acquisition dates and purchasing programs, and changes in the protected status of lands, i.e. lands no longer managed for conservation purposes.

Florida Forever Funding Distribution

When Florida Forever funding is appropriated by the legislature it is distributed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to a number of state agencies and programs to purchase public lands in the form of parks, trails, forests, wildlife management areas and more. All of these lands are held in trust for the citizens of Florida.

Pursuant to 259.105(3) F.S. the breakdown to agencies is:

pie chart  
color square Division of State Lands - 35%
color square Stan Mayfield Working Waterfront - 2.5%
color square Florida Communities Trust - 21%
color square Division of Recreation and Parks - 1.5%
color square Office of Greenways and Trails - 1.5%
color square Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) - 2%
color square Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - 1.5%
color square Florida Forest Service, DACS - 1.5%
color square Rural & Family Lands, DACS - 3.5%
color square Water Management Districts - 30%

Download the full Florida Forever Five-Year Plan 2017

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    Last updated: September 20, 2017

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