Conservation Almanac




Florida Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs


Highlighted State Programs


State Policy Framework



To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

Local Conservation Programs Include:

    Alachua County, FL

    Brevard County, FL

    Broward County, FL

    Charlotte County, FL

    Collier County, FL

    Flagler County, FL

    Hernando County, FL

    Hillsborough County, FL

    Indian River County, FL

    Lake County, FL

    Lee County, FL

    Leon County, FL

    Martin County, FL

    Miami Dade County, FL

    Osceola County, FL

    Palm Beach County, FL

    Pasco County, FL

    Pinellas County, FL

    Polk County, FL

    Sarasota County, FL

    Seminole County, FL

    St. Lucie County, FL

    Volusia County, FL

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2008 11,781.8 $247,625,542
2007 16,010.8 $246,924,572
2006 15,265.2 $209,925,867
2005 4,735.6 $88,321,556
2004 18,430.7 $108,613,765
2003 22,144.0 $65,205,462
2002 13,328.5 $73,870,300
2001 13,125.0 $86,348,606
2000 10,347.9 $58,266,229
1999 15,610.4 $33,400,375
1998 11,643.9 $50,880,599
Totals 152,423.7 $1,269,382,879

Highlighted State Programs

Preservation 2000

In 1990, the Legislature passed the Preservation 2000 Act to accelerate the acquisition of public lands for environmental and recreation purposes due to the imminent development of Florida’s natural areas and continuing increases in land values. The state issued $300 million annually in revenue bonds for the program in each of the 10 years the program was in existence, for a total of $3 billion. Expenditures concluded in 2001. The program protected nearly two million acres of lands. Revenues from the documentary stamp tax supported the annual bond. A small amount of revenue for P2000 was derived from the severance tax on phosphate. The Conservation Almanac contains parcel-level spending and acreage information on acquisitions beginning in 1998.

Florida Forever

In 2001, The Florida Forever program replaced Preservation 2000 as the largest public land conservation program in the nation. Implemented with bipartisan support in the state legislature, this followed the passage of a constitutional amendment in 1998, which received 72 percent support, that authorized revenue bonds for acquisition and improvements of land and water resource areas for conservation, environmental restoration, and historic preservation. Unlike Preservation 2000, Florida Forever does not expire.

Florida Forever addresses a wide range of conservation objectives including the restoration of damaged environmental systems, water resource development and supply, increased public access, public lands management and maintenance, and increased protection of land via conservation easements.

Florida Forever authorized bond issues not to exceed $3 billion over a 10 year period for the acquisition of land and water. Since the inception of the Florida Forever program in 2001, the state has purchased more than 718,000 acres with more than $2.9 billion. The Conservation Almanac contains parcel-level spending and acreage information on acquisitions from 1998-2005.

Although funding for the Florida Forever program is authorized through 2020 at $300 million a year using documentary stamp revenue, funding was interrupted due to declines in state revenues and shifts in priorities related to economic recovery. Florida Forever did not receive funding in 2011 or 2012. In 2014, voters approved a constitutional amendment that dedicated one-third of existing revenue generated by the documentary stamp tax for 20 years. This measure is expected to generate approximately $18 billion, with $9 billion for land acquisition. Despite approval of 75 percent of Florida voters, lawmakers have not appropriated adequate funding for Florida Forever.

The money, when appropriated by the legislature, is distributed by DEP to the following agencies/programs -

- 35% to Division of State Lands, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- 2.5% to Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Program, Department of Environmental Protection
- 21% Florida Communities Trust, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- 1.5% Division of Recreation and Parks, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- 1.5% Office of Greenways and Trails, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- 2% Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP), Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- 1.5% Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- 1.5% Florida Forest Service, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services DACS
- 3.5% Rural & Family Lands, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services DACS

2008 32,410.0 $227,282,186
2007 64,146.4 $298,462,575
2006 118,778.8 $581,359,116
2005 100,311.7 $161,418,546
2004 48,711.1 $112,839,810
2003 141,615.6 $233,753,898
2002 143,459.3 $176,074,943
2001 12,182.7 $60,321,312
2000 87,868.7 $274,410,588
1999 232,910.8 $346,861,315
1998 105,676.0 $241,893,229
Total1,088,071.1 $2,714,677,521

Florida Forever/The Florida Communities Trust

The Florida Communities Trust (FCT), administered by the Department of Community Affairs has been a major recipient of P2000 and Florida Forever funds. FCT grants require a local growth management plan and are prioritized based on how well the grant will advance this management plan.

2005 0.0 $1,182,773
2004 0.0 $1,864,184
2003 0.0 $121,499
2002 0.0 $1,771,461
2001 0.0 $957,315
2000 49.7 $2,699,486
Total49.7 $8,596,720

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

Enable Local Financing

State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.