The Natural Lands Program was established in 1990 by a voter approved referendum. The money was used to purchase lands for the purposes of preservation, recreation and education. The Natural Lands now consist of over 6,600 acres of preserved land. The largest parcels are called wilderness areas.
There are eight wilderness areas and one preserve that are open to the public. Integral to the goals and objectives for managing acquired lands in an acceptable manner are protection and restoration of the natural resources present. An important element in protecting the resources is to prevent dumping, poaching, and other illegal activities. Appropriate land management activities, such as prescribed burning, forest management, resource monitoring, and removal of exotics, are implemented to protect the viability of the Natural Lands Properties.
PLEASE NOTE: THE ECON RIVER WILDERNESS AREA WILL BE CLOSED APRIL 1 through April 30 DURING A HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECT TO IMPROVE HABITAT FOR GOPHER TORTOISES WITH FUNDING ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY THE FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION. For more information, please call 407-665-2214.
ATTENTION CLOSURE: Geneva Wilderness Area will be closed during a restoration project beginning Saturday, April 27 through May 19. This project will improve habitat for gopher tortoises and other upland species with partial funding through the US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners in Wildlife Program. For more information, please check the Geneva Wilderness Area web page or call 407-665-2214.
The Natural Lands Progam offers a variety of programs and activities for all ages including field trips for schools, eco-camp, eco-adventure programs, and hikes.
Call (407) 665 - 2211
Rules of Use
Other Land Management Agencies and Environmental Organizations
Cuplet Fern Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
Florida Forest Service
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Florida Park Service
Seminole Audubon Society
St. Johns River Water Management District
The Nature Conservancy
US Fish and Wildlife Service