Taking care of the natural and cultural resources of Florida’s more than 3.8 million acres of conservation lands is important. Most conservation lands are open to the public for recreation, and nearly all lands require some form of stewardship activity, so the Division of State Lands leases these lands to state agencies and local governments to manage. The division has leased over 500 conservation areas that include parks, preserves, forests, wildlife management areas, and other conservation and recreation areas. The division also leases non-conservation lands to state agencies and local governments for such uses as universities, correctional institutions, government buildings, etc.
Land Management Plan and Land Use Plans
A Land Management or Land Use Plan is required for all uplands under lease from the state of Florida. Land Management Plans are required for conservation lands and Land Use Plans are required for non-conservation lands. The plan requirements differ for conservation and non-conservation lands. The division has identified which properties it considers to be in each category based on guidance from the Florida Statutes. Both Florida Statutes (Section 253.034(5), F.S.) and the lease from the state require that an initial Land Management or Land Use Plan be submitted to the division within one year from the date the land is first leased. The plan must be updated and submitted again at least every 10 years thereafter. A conservation land management plan must also be updated whenever new facilities are added, previously unapproved substantive land use or land management changes are proposed, or within one year of the addition of significant new lands. Failure to comply with Land Management Plan or Land Use Plan requirements can result in revocation of a state lands lease.
Land management plans are available for review on the following agency websites:
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.