Land Acquisition

The District is committed to protecting and preserving the water resources of North Central Florida. The majority of District-owned fee and conservation easement lands are located along rivers and streams, headwaters, and water recharge areas.

Goals and Performance Measures

The District strives to maximize the water resource values of District-owned property by identifying opportunities to restore hydrologic function on current properties and by analyzing the ability of all future acquisitions to contribute to the District’s missions to protect and enhance the area’s water quantity and quality, aquifer recharge, and flood protection.

Florida Forever Work Plan

The District's Florida Forever Work Plan (Work Plan) guides the land acquisition program by setting goals, performance measures, criteria, priorities, and funding strategies. Each year, the Work Plan is updated and accepted by the District Governing Board, following a public hearing, and included in the District's Consolidated Annual Report.

Florida Forever Work Plan


If you have property that you’d like the District to consider purchasing, please download, fill out and return the Property Offer Form (PDF)   to the District’s Land Acquisition Program. Please email to or mail to the address provided on the form.

Payments in Lieu of Taxes

When the District purchases lands in fee simple (all ownership rights), the lands are taken off the county ad valorem tax roll. The Legislature established a payment in lieu of taxes program in 1992 to reimburse local governments for the loss of revenue. To qualify for this program, a county in which the District has purchased land must have a population of less than 150,000. Subject to the approved budget, payments are made each year to qualifying counties for the previous year's taxes..