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As we continue our recovery and cleanup efforts, please visit the Emergency website for the latest information on openings and closings in Miami-Dade County.

Natural Resources

Miami-Dade County is internationally recognized for its beaches. Sensitive ecosystems, including coral reefs, Biscayne Bay, coastal wetlands, Everglades marshes, hardwood hammocks and globally imperiled pine forests are so unique that two National Parks, a National Marine Sanctuary, Florida aquatic preserves and water conservation areas have been established within Miami-Dade, a circumstance that occurs nowhere else in the United States.

These natural resources support productive fisheries and wildlife habitat, recreation and tourism. Natural areas also help reduce erosion, reduce flooding and contribute to clean air and water.  

Miami-Dade County works to protect, maintain and enhance these treasures and the benefits they provide through strategies including regulation, monitoring, habitat restoration and environmentally endangered lands acquisition and management.


During the summer, Miami-Dade homeowners have the chance to take home two trees for free! Follow the schedule of events to participate.

Beach Renourishment

Restored beaches and dune systems provide storm protection and recreational benefits. Miami-Dade works with federal and state partners to periodically renourish vulnerable parts of the beach.

Coastal Construction

Permits are required for dredging, filling and any construction on or over tidal waters and saltwater wetlands.

Contamination and Cleanup

Read about potential waste threats and how the County works to clean it up.

Environmentally Endangered Lands Program

The Environmentally Endangered Lands Program consists of the acquisition, protection and maintenance of sensitive Miami-Dade County lands. Residents can volunteer to keep these lands in pristine condition.


The Florida manatee is a native species found throughout all parts of the state. Protections for Florida manatees were first enacted in 1893. Today, they are protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act, and are federally protected by both the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.


Miami-Dade County protects coral reefs through monitoring and permitting programs.

The Miami-Dade Artificial Reef Program helps offset damage to natural reefs and provides opportunities for fishing and diving. Use the Artificial Reef Locator to learn about sites to visit in Biscayne Bay and offshore, or volunteer to adopt a mooring buoy.

Trees & Forest Communities

Trees and natural forests play a big part in increasing our environment's quality. Therefore, a permit is required for the approved removal or relocation of any tree within Miami-Dade County (certain exceptions apply), and any activity that results in the removal or damage to any vegetation in a Natural Forest Community also requires a permit.

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Get updates about the Adopt-a-Tree program, and find out when Miami-Dade residents have a chance to adopt two free trees!

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The Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension offers a broad range of services for residents, such as environmental programs, consumer services, workforce development, agriculture production and more.


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