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Research & Permits

Natural Areas Management operates on a 60 day processing cycle and makes every effort to review applications within 30 days to find them complete and have an additional 30 days to decide whether to issue or deny the request. This process is driven by the volume of applications received within the office and the complexity of the request. Typically NAM is able to review and make a final decision within 45 days.

The following project activities may require additional permissions:

  • Digging, planting, excavation or removal of natural or historic materials from Preserves designated historically, archaeological, or architecturally significant [MDCC 26-1:8]
  • removal of plants and plant materials (MDCC 26-1:8]
  • Collection, removal or release of wildlife or feral or domestic animals [MDCC 26-1:9]
  • use of chemicals that may not be released into the environment without regulation as provided by County, State or Federal law, including but not limited to the pollution of waters [MDCC 26-1:19]
  • related to the proper set up, staging, food preparation and refuse and trash disposition in appropriate locations {MDCC 26-1:20]
  • work done in coastal and/or fresh water wetland habitats including projects involving mangroves {MDCC 24(IV)1:24-48]
  • work done related to the understory removal or that effectively destroys either in a Natural Forest Community (NFC) [MDCC 24(IV)2:24-49]

Requests for activities that sell products, commodities resulting from project(s), or services for a fee should use the Permit to Conduct Private Business on County Property that must be approved by the County as detailed in the PROS Operating Procedures 4.260.

Requests for activities governed by Administrative Order 8-3, Special Events Permits in Park & Recreation Department Facilities, should use the Special Events Permit outlined in the Administrative Order and PROS Operating Procedure 4.258.

Requests for activities governed by or subject to a lease or license agreement, programming partnership agreement, interlocal and/or interagency agreement, or Board of County Commission action should use the procedures outlines in those policies and agreements or as amended.

Issuance of a Research or Educational Reseearch Permit by itself is not an authorization to engage in those activities that are regulated or require approvals provided by additional County, State or Federal entities.

Research News

Important research is conducted by renown experts on a variety of habitat restoration and species in Miami-Dade County's protected natural areas.


MDPROS has a need for monitoring of and feedback on resource management, and there also is increasing interest in related group educational projects, activities and citizen science in parks that contain natural and cultual resources. For these reasons, for proper resource stewardship, and to fulfill existing obligations to and requirements of various state, federal, and additional entities, these projects and activities must be regulated and monitored. Functions of the Research and Related Educational Activities Permit process are:

  • protect resources from overuse
  • facilitate adaptive resource management by establishing and enhancing communication and coordination among researchers / educators and park operational and preserve management personnel
  • collect and distribute natural resource management data resulting from research projects for inclusion in adaptive management strategies of parks and preserves
  • prevent conflicting projects and co-occurring projects from impacting one another.

Research Opportunities

As the last pockets of natural habitat remaining in the county, natural preserves, offer the unique opportunity for researchers to engage in much needed scientific research and study, especially with regard to conservation.

Educational Activities and Groups

Volunteers (groups and individuals) can participate in one-time or long-term,enhancement and monitoring activities.


The research process begins with the electronic filing of the required paperwork through our office. Applicants must demonstrate scientific, conservation, and/or resource management benefits that will be accrued as well as identify the purpose, scope, objective, methodology, location and duration of the project.

Applicants must submit all requested documents to the NAM Office a minimum of 45 days prior to the proposed initial project start date.

Currently there are no fees for Research Permits, although this is subject to change.

The application is reviewed and the project evaluated by the Research Review Committee, who is responsible to determine issuance, denial, revocation or cancelation of Permits, and is comprised of County personnel with direct responsibilities for the specific preserves, their operations and resources,and outside professional who specialize in the proposed research topics.

Feedback and Improvements

NAM is always interested in constructive feedback to improve the permit process. (Monitoring and follow-up ).

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