The first step to getting a new project or boundary amendment approved and eligible for acquisition is by submitting an application. Complete applications submitted to the Division of State Lands (DSL) are reviewed by DSL staff and prepared for vote by the Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC). ARC develops the Florida Forever Priority List and therefore determine which lands are eligible for acquisition. If a project is put on the Florida Forever Priority List, it becomes eligible for acquisition by the State of Florida.
There are two application cycles per year for new project proposals. New project proposals have two submittal dates every year: April 30 and October 31. Unlike project proposals, boundary amendments may be considered throughout the year. Boundary amendment applications must be received at least 30 working days before a scheduled ARC meeting.
The purpose of the webinar is to provide guidance and answer questions concerning the Florida Forever application process, application requirements and the Florida Forever Goals, Measures and Criteria. Eligible participants include all federal, state and local government agencies, conservation organizations, interested landowners and private citizens. The next applicant webinar for the Florida Forever Program will be held on September 28, 2022 beginning at 2 p.m.
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.