Florida Forever is Florida’s premier conservation and recreation lands acquisition program, a blueprint for conserving natural resources and renewing Florida’s commitment to conserve the state’s natural and cultural heritage. Florida Forever replaced Preservation 2000 (P2000), the largest public land acquisition program of its kind in the United States. With approximately 10 million acres managed for conservation in Florida, more than 2.5 million acres were purchased under the Florida Forever and P2000 programs. Since the inception of the Florida Forever program in July 2001, the state has purchased more than 770,279 acres of land for over $3 billion.

Through Florida Forever, the state has protected:

  • 628,860 acres of strategic habitat conservation areas
  • 595,270 acres of rare species habitat conservation areas, including 1,004 sites that are habitats for 335 different rare species, 138 of which are federal- or state-listed as endangered, 63 federal- or state-listed as threatened, and 7 species of special concern
  • 748,490 acres of ecological greenways
  • 130,730 acres of under-represented natural communities
  • 515,960 acres landscape-sized protection areas
  • 414,770 acres of natural floodplains
  • 760,610 acres important to significant water bodies
  • 419,180 acres minimize damage from flooding
  • 9,490 acres of fragile coastline
  • 304,890 acres of functional wetlands
  • 735,640 acres of significant groundwater recharge areas
  • 535 miles of priority recreational trails
  • 393,440 acres of sustainable forest land
  • 1,070 archaeological/historic sites
  • 11,920 acres in urban service areas

Credit: https://floridadep.gov/lands/environmental-services/content/florida-forever


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