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Uplands Management

For the Division of State Lands' purposes, uplands are defined as those lands above the mean high water line (or ordinary high water line), title to which is vested in the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund of the State of Florida. The Board of Trustees has ownership of over 3.3 million acres of upland property. State-owned uplands are managed for a variety of uses including parks, forests, wildlife management areas, historic sites, educational facilities (including public universities) and correctional institutions.

The Division of State Lands' Bureau of Public Land Administration includes an Uplands Section which, as staff to the Board of Trustees, administers the state-owned uplands for use by state and federal agencies, state universities and community colleges, cities, counties and various public and private entities.

The following instruments for the use of state-owned uplands are prepared by the Uplands Section:

  • leases.
  • subleases.
  • easements.
  • consent of use agreements.
  • releases of lease.
  • amendments.
  • other authorizations.

In addition, the section prepares agenda items for requests to use state-owned lands to present to the Acquisition and Restoration Council for review of the use of conservation lands, and Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund (Governor and Cabinet) to approve the use of conservation and non-conservation lands.

The Uplands Section processes incoming correspondence related to local government issues for state-owned lands, including notices, code violations and hearings.

To view the approved instruments, agenda items or a wide range of other information related to state-owned land, please visit Division of State Lands Records.

Read the rules that govern uplands at the Division of State Lands' Florida Statutes and Rules References

Canal reservations, road right-of-way reservations, and right-of-entry and exploration for oil and mineral reservations are reserved in favor of the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund of the state of Florida (Board of Trustees).  

Apply to use state-owned lands or apply for a release of reservation by filling out an application. You may contact the Bureau of Public Land Administration at the Division of State Land's main line, 850-245-2555

Last Modified:
June 8, 2022 - 10:16am

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