The Florida Forever Priority List is determined by the Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) and approved by the Board of Trustees. Projects are ranked within six Florida Forever categories: Critical Natural Lands, Partnerships & Regional Incentives, Less-Than-Fee, Climate Change Lands, Substantially Complete, and Critical Historical Resources. Projects on the Priority List are considered suitable as conservation property and meet the Florida Forever Goals, Measures and Performance Criteria (Section 259.105(4), F. S). The project priority rankings are informed by analysis from the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) and the state’s resource management agencies. To be considered for acquisition, a project must have a willing seller and be on the Priority List. Please note that placement on the Priority List only determines eligibility for Florida Forever funding and does not necessarily guarantee acquisition.
At the beginning of each calendar year, the Florida Forever Work Plan is developed by the Division of State Lands from the high and high-medium priority projects on the Priority List. The work plan guides the annual expenditure of the Florida Forever funds made available by the legislature and reports the balance of Florida Forever appropriations, funding commitments for pending acquisitions and other related expenses (i.e. surveys, appraisals), for the upcoming FY.
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.