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 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.