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State Lands Program Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Report No. 01-07, February 2001
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The State Lands Program handles all functions related to acquiring, administering, disposing, and managing conservation and recreation lands. Although the Department of Environmental Protection administers most state-level program activities, other state agencies, the five water management districts, and local governments perform the rest of the program’s activities.
  • Although land acquisitions during the past decade have achieved positive results, it is difficult to conclude that the state bought the best lands possible.  We propose a land-buying model with three components: land identification and acquisition, land management, and a performance measurement system.
  • To ensure identification of the best land to purchase, water management districts, the Acquisition and Restoration Council, and local governments when applying for Florida Communities Trust funding should employ the Florida Natural Areas Inventory’s Conservation Needs Assessment methodology to establish priority land purchasing lists.
  • To ensure that appropriate land management practices are implemented, land management costs should be reported in the categories established by the Land Management Uniform Accounting Council, land management agencies should follow a standard method for identifying the priority of land management needs in immediate, intermediate, and long-term categories, and the Legislature may want to consider increasing the level of funding in the CARL Trust Fund.
  • The program should adopt a comprehensive performance measurement system and the Department of Environmental Protection should work with its Office of Inspector General to improve data collection and reporting of all performance measures.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State Lands

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 02-41 Progress Report: Recreation and Parks Program Implements Few Cost Saving and Revenue Recommendations, published in July 2002.
  • Report No. 02-01 Special Review: Florida Communities Trust Improves Its Timeliness; Further Actions Are Needed, published in January 2002.
  • Report No. 00-28 Justification Review: Recreation and Parks Program Department of Environmental Protection, published in December 2000.
  • Report No. 96-25 Follow-up Report on the Division of State Lands of the Department of Environmental Protection, published in December 1996.
  • Report No. 12295 Performance Audit of Submerged Lands Program, published in May 1994.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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