DEP’s Division of State Lands provides oversight for more than
12 million acres of state lands, including lakes, rivers and
islands. These lands cleanse and restore the waters we drink and
the air we breathe, and provide a home to numerous rare and
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP)
Division of State Lands is Florida’s lead agency for
environmental management and stewardship, serving as staff to
of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund (Governor and Cabinet).
As such, the Division’s role goes far beyond just acquiring
lands for protection. It provides oversight for the management
of activities on more than 12 million acres of public lands
including lakes, rivers and islands. These public lands help
assure all Florida’s residents and visitors have the opportunity
to truly appreciate Florida’s unique landscapes.
Florida Forever is Florida’s conservation and
recreation lands acquisition program, a blueprint for conserving
our natural resources and renewing our commitment to conserve
our natural and cultural heritage. It replaces Preservation
(P2000), the largest acquisition program of its kind in
the United States. With a total of
9.9 million acres of
conservation land in Florida, more than 2.4 million acres were
purchased under the
Florida Forever and P2000 programs.
The Division of State Lands also assists landowners who want
to sell land to the state, buy land from the state or gain
access to public lands.