As staff to the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund (Governor and Cabinet), DEP provides oversight for the management of activities on more than 12 million acres of state-owned lands including lakes, rivers and islands. DEP buys land for preservation, sells surplus state property, and provides mapping and survey services for state-owned lands. DEP also specializes in geoscience research that helps guide regulatory and policy-making decisions.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.