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Environmentally Endangered Lands Program
Miami-Dade County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program’s focus is the protection and conservation of endangered lands.
Concerned about the continuing loss of pinelands and other natural areas, Miami-Dade County voters approved a property tax that was collected between 1990 and 1992 to fund the acquisition, protection and maintenance of environmentally endangered lands. The EEL Program identifies and secures these lands for preservation.
The EEL Program and its partners have brought more than 20,700 acres of environmentally endangered lands into public ownership since 1990. Additionally, the EEL Program manages 2,800 acres of natural lands within Miami-Dade County Parks, for a total of more than 23,500 acres protected.
But the staff from the EEL Program can’t do this job alone. Get involved by participating in one of the workdays and help protect and restore natural areas in Miami-Dade County.
The workdays are fun, hands-on activities throughout all kinds of interesting natural areas. Community hours are available through this volunteer program.
For more information, email [email protected].
Read about five of the more significant purchases as part of the EEL Program.
- Biscayne Coastal Wetlands
- Castellow Hammock
- Oleta River Corridor
- Rockdale Pineland
- South Dade Wetlands
Types of purchased lands
The protection and conservation of these lands ensure that they will continue to thrive as natural habitats:
- 1,550 acres of rockridge pineland
- 1,790 acres of tropical hardwood hammock
- 18,832 acres of freshwater wetlands
- 625 acres of coastal wetlands
- 19 acres of scrub habitat
Annually, the EEL program considers proposed acquisition sites by the public. Proposals by government agencies are reviewed semiannually. Each site is inspected by county staff and citizen volunteers who are members of the Land Acquisition Selection Committee (LASC). Following a public hearing, LASC recommends sites for purchase to the Board of County Commissioners.
- EEL Program LASC Public Hearing November 29, 2022
- See the list of the proposed EEL sites for the LASC hearing
Once approved for acquisition, a purchase is negotiated with the owner. The EEL Program works only with willing sellers to purchase land. To stretch available funds, EEL seeks matching funds and partners. EEL acquisitions are available for matching grants, joint acquisition agreements, and donations. The State of Florida’s Preservation 2000 program and Florida Forever have also been important sources of matching funds for EEL.
Private property owners interested in preserving and maintaining their own natural areas may qualify for an Environmentally Endangered Lands tax exemption.
While the tax exemption program has a similar name, it is different from the EEL Program described above. For information about the tax exemption program, please email [email protected] or call 305-372-6548.Back to Top
EEL Story Map
View the EEL story map to learn more about the program, view acquired lands and more.
Environmental Considerations GIS
Search the Environmental Considerations GIS Map to find out if a property may have any environmental features associated with it.
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