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Bureau of Natural and Cultural Resources

The Bureau of Natural and Cultural Resources supports the Florida Park Service mission by providing technical and professional services to coordinate and standardize effective preservation and management of the natural and cultural resources in Florida's state parks. Specific activities include:

  • Providing system-wide review and assistance regarding management, restoration and protection of natural systems, listed species, coastal systems, archaeological sites, historic structures, collections and archival materials.
  • Ensuring that natural and cultural resource protection is inherent in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of park facilities.
  • Providing management and interagency coordination for planning and implementing coastal restoration and erosion control projects.
  • Developing and updating standards for resource management, operational procedures, policy guidelines and directives.
  • Developing and conducting training for FPS staff on resource management methods and procedures, including organizing and/or contributing to professional meetings, workshops, conferences and publications to maintain and improve resource management skills.
  • Tracking and analyzing resource management activities, preparing reports to document trends and disseminating that information throughout the division.
  • Issuing statewide Scientific Research and Collecting Permits, in addition to reviewing and coordinating other natural and cultural resource permits.
  • Managing the Florida Park Service Archives, including historic records, plans and photographs, which are open to the public for research.
  • Coordinating with other agencies and organizations on natural and cultural resource issues.

Florida State Parks Annual Reports for Resource Management

The annual report is a summary of state park accomplishments in prescribed burning, mechanical treatment, invasive plant control, nuisance and invasive animal control, and sea turtle monitoring.

Printable Documents

Managing Florida's Natural and Cultural Resources
The brochure summarizes how the Florida Park Service manages Florida's natural and cultural resources in the state parks.

Florida State Parks Land Management
Learn how the Florida Park Service maintains, restores, and preserves Florida's natural and cultural heritage.

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