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Protecting Your Land

Learning about best management practices, conservation easements, native and invasive plants, and presecribed fire will help you protect your land for the use and enjoyment of future generations.

Best Management Practices

Best Management Practices (BMPs) Overview: a site produced by the University of Florida IFAS Extension that provides information on the need for BMPs, their implementation, and available manuals.

 

Forest Health

Florida Forest Service Forest Health Unit: this unit provides information on assessing the condition of a forest stand relative to its age, structure, composition, function, vigor, resilience to disturbance, and presence of insects and invasive species.

Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs): a series of technical manuals and other documents detailing BMPs for the protection of the State's water resources in association with agricultural activities.

 

Forest Health Extension: a website produced by the University of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation designed to share findings of the Forest Pathology lab and information on managing forest health issues across the state.

 

 

Prescribed Fire

Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science: a synthesis of scientific knowledge about fire science in the southern United States. Includes viewer-navigated text, photos, graphics, plus a large bibliography and access to several fire science databases.

 

Introduction to Prescribed Fire in Southern Ecosystems: Information needed to help landowners and managers become technically proficient in the proper use of prescribed fire.

Silviculture Best Management Practices (BMPs): a source of specialized information on BMPs that protect the State's water resources in association with silviculture activities.

 

Florida Forest Service - Prescribed Fire: a source of information on the use of prescribed fire in Florida, including rules and regulations, online burning tools, and training options.

Conservation Easements

Florida Forest Stewardship Program - Conservation Easements: a conservation easement is a voluntary, legally binding agreement between a landowner and a government or nongovernment conservation organization that keeps land in agricultural and/or open space uses. The agreement is customized to meet the landowner's objectives and, in most cases, is perpetual.

 

The Southern Fire Exchange (SFE): a regional fire science delivery program, representing the southeastern United States.

 

University of Florida Electronic Data Information Source - Prescribed Fire Publications: a list of pulications produced by UF/IFAS Extension detailing the use and benefits of prescribed fire, as well as the regulations governing its use.

Property Tax Exception for Conservation : guidelines and procedures for the Implementation of a HB7157 Property Tax Exemption for Real Property Used for Conservation Purposes.

 

Native Plants

The Florida Association of Native Nurseries: provides information on Florida's native plant communities, growing and planting Florida native plants, and a list of native nurseries in the state.

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program: The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. There are two components to this program: Agricultural Land Easements and Wetland Reserve Easements.

 

The Florida Native Plant Society: promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of Florida's native plants and plant communities.

Land Trust Alliance: promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems and keeps a current listing of land trusts in each state.

Conservation Trust for Florida: a non-profit land trust that works with private landowners to protect their farms, ranches, and timberlands.

 

 

Invasive Plants

Bureau of Entomology, Nematology, and Plant Pathology- Botany Section: a source of noxious weed Information from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry.

 

Florida Invasive Species Partnership: a collaboration of federal, state, and local agencies, non-government organizations, and members of the public with a stake in managing invasive species in Florida.

 

Groundcover Restoration Implementation Handbook: a guide to re-establishing native grasses, forbs, and other other groundcover plants on native lands across the state prepared by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Extension Weed Science: a University of Florida IFAS Extension website providing recommendations for managing and controlling weeds, tips for using adjuvants and sprayers, and instructional presentations on weed identification, weed control, herbicide chemistry, and herbicide resistance.

 

Groundcover Restoration in the Forests of the Southeast: a manual with information on planning and implementing a groundcover restoration project produced by Conserved Forest Ecosystems: Outreach and Research (CFEOR), a cooperative of public and private organizations and members of the public.

Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council: an organization providing support for the management of invasive exotic plants in Florida's natural areas by providing a forum for the exchange of scientific, educational, and technical information.

 

Florida Wildflower Cooperative: a cooperative run by seed producers across the state that produces and sells seed for native Florida groundcover restoration and home landscaping projects.

Archbold Biological Station: a website for the research station on the Lake Wales Ridge with information on exotic species found in the region and their control.

 

Ernst Conservation Seeds: a seed producer and seller specializing in native and naturalized seeds and plant material of Eastern North American ecotypes.

 

last updated August 13, 2014