A wildly popular conservation program is gearing up to purchase and preserve lands that will benefit humans and wildlife for years to come.
Volusia Forever Program to Purchase Local Lands
Approved by taxpayers in 2000 and 2020, Volusia Forever finances the acquisition and improvement of environmentally sensitive, water resource protection, and outdoor recreation lands. The newly authorized program also added working forests and farmlands to preserve agricultural land.
Willing sellers who want their property to be considered for purchase may complete an online nomination form now through Nov. 15.
Apply by November 15
County staff and the nine-member Volusia Forever Advisory Committee will review nominations and visit sites to ensure they meet the program’s criteria. The advisory committee will then make recommendations to the Volusia County Council, which will make the final decision on which properties to pursue for acquisition.
Priority will be given to properties on the Florida Forever list as well as properties in the St. Johns River Water Management District’s five-year acquisition plan. Properties that enhance corridors and connectivity, are of significant size to achieve meaningful conservation objectives, are facing imminent loss to development, allow for completion of projects begun under previous program, or serve as additions to existing conservation lands will also be considered a priority.
Visit the program website to learn more about the land selection and acquisition process; small lot acquisition program; and criteria for evaluating environmentally sensitive land, working forests and farmlands.
For more information, contact Resource Stewardship Director Brad Burbaugh at BBurbaugh@Volusia.org or (386) 943-7081, ext. 13455.