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FAQ: Land Stewardship

Q. How do I report suspicious activity (i.e., dumping) that may be affecting the environment?
A. Dial #DEP on a cell phone or call 1-877-2-Save-FL. Appropriate law enforcement offices will be notified.
Q: How can I determine if there are conservation lands in a particular area?
A: Visit and click on Interactive Map under Conservation Lands for a location map.
Q: When are land management plans due?
A: Management plans are required to be submitted to DEP's Division of State Lands within 12 months of a fully executed lease. Once the plan is received and approved, it should be updated every 10 years.
Q: Will a land management review team ever visit the property I manage for conservation purposes?
A: Yes. If the managed land is owned by the Board of Trustees, a land management review team may visit it. If the managed land is owned by the Board of Trustees and is greater than 1,000 acres, it must be reviewed every five years. If the managed land is owned by a water management district, a land management review team may visit it.
Q: How well are state-owned conservation lands being managed?
A: The Office of Environmental Services within the Division of State Lands coordinates the review of state-owned conservation lands by establishing teams of experts from state agencies and the general public that evaluate management practices on state lands.
Each park, forest or management area has a management plan describing the resources and recreational activities. Team members review each site plan to see if it adequately addresses management needs. The team also visits each site to evaluate whether the property is being managed for the purposes of acquisition and in accordance with the approved management plan.
The Office of Environmental Services compiles the team members' responses and prepares a report for each site reviewed. The Acquisition and Restoration Council and the Board of Trustees receive the review team reports and recommend management changes to improve resource protection or recreation opportunities.
After conducting 596 reviews on more than 379 sites containing more than 11 million acres of state-owned land during the past 21 years, the land management review teams have found that:
  • 99 percent of the sites evaluated are managed appropriately
  • more than 72 percent of the managers are doing an exceptional job of restoring natural areas
  • nearly 30 percent have an excellent prescribed burning program
Q: Who are the primary managers of Florida’s conservation lands?
A: Most of the state’s conservation lands are managed by the following state agencies:
In addition, Florida’s five water management districts collectively own more than 1.5 million acres, which are managed to protect drinking water supplies as well as provide outdoor recreation opportunities.
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September 21, 2020 - 4:04pm

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