Support for Conservation Lands Acquisition

For many years, FNPS has supported state and local acquisition of conservation lands. We operate at both the state and local level to support public acquisition and appropriate management of lands that protect intact ecosystems, native flora, and wildlife. At the state level, FNPS was a participant in the renewal of the Florida Forever Program, and has supported the ongoing funding of land acquisition programs

Based on information provided by the FDEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection), Florida Forever has protected

  • 610,270 acres of strategic habitat conservation areas
  • 575,070 acres of rare species habitat conservation areas, including 962 sites that are habitats for 329 different rare species, 128 of which are federal or state-listed as endangered, 60 federal or state-listed threatened, and 20 species of special concern
  • 696,240 acres of ecological greenways
  • 127,580 acres of under-represented natural communities
  • 482,300 acres landscape-sized protection areas
  • 384,380acres of natural floodplains
  • 713,420acres important to significant water bodies
  • 386,040 acres minimize damage from flooding
  • 9,470 acres of fragile coastline
  • 305,590 acres of functional wetlands
  • 686,370 acres of significant groundwater recharge areas
  • 370 miles of priority recreational trails
  • 351,180 acres of sustainable forest land
  • 818 archaeological/historic sites
  • 13,450 acres in urban service areas

FNPS continues to support full funding for the Florida Forever Programs including funds for further acquisitions and management.