Florida Forever

The Florida Natural Areas Inventory provides scientific support to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for Florida Forever, the state's environmental land acquisition program. FNAI contributes in two key ways: scientific review of newly proposed land acquisition projects, and comprehensive natural resource analysis and scoring of all Florida Forever projects using the Conservation Needs Assessment and F-TRAC.

Project Evaluations


Staff Scientist Reviews

For each Florida Forever proposal review cycle, FNAI scientists contribute to a multi-phase evaluation process.

Preliminary Evaluation Report - November 2020 (8 MB pdf)

FNAI reviews new proposal applications and prepares a Preliminary Evaluation Report in advance of the first vote of the Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC).

For those proposals voted upon for further evaluation, FNAI staff scientists conduct field assessments. Field assessments help ensure that FNAI data reflect current local site conditions, and also give the applicant an opportunity to share additional information. Staff summaries from each assessment are incorporated into a multi-agency evaluation report compiled by DEP, Office of Environmental Services. DEP's evaluation report is presented to the ARC prior to the final vote and project ranking for each cycle.

Conservation Needs Assessment GIS Analysis

FNAI conducts Florida Forever project analysis and scoring across a wide range of natural resource priorities found in the Florida Forever Conservation Needs Assessment (FFCNA):

Project Comparative Analysis Table - November 2020 (450 KB pdf) | Excel Version (70 KB) | "Bubble Sheet" Version (490 KB) | This table, formerly known as the "bubble sheet", provides concise summary resource scores for all current and proposed Florida Forever projects. Also available are sortable Excel worksheets for the supporting data underlying the Comparative Analysis. Resource Evaluation Scoring Worksheets - November 2020 (250 KB)

Natural Resource Acquisition Progress Report - November 2020 (193 KB pdf) This report tracks acres acquired of each natural resource layer included in the Conservation Needs Assessment, tied directly to measures outlined in the Florida Forever legislation.

Maps and Data

The latest Conservation Needs Assessment data maintained by FNAI are available for viewing and download here. These datasets are updated approximately once a year.

Documentation

All reports listed below are updated approximately once a year to reflect current data and project status.

Conservation Needs Assessment

Documentation for the statewide natural resource conservation data layers tied directly to measures outlined in the Florida Forever legislation.

Conservation Needs Assessment Technical Report, Version 4.4 - November 2018 (10.4 MB pdf)
This report provides detailed technical documentation of all Needs Assessment data, and is revised frequently as the data are updated.

Conservation Needs Assessment Summary Report - December 2000 (5 MB pdf)
This report summarized the original Conservation Needs Assessment. NOTE: most figures and maps in this report are obsolete.

Project Ranking Support Analyses

The original Conservation Needs Assessment data layers have been combined into functional groupings for analysis. These groupings and related analyses are known as the Ranking Support Analyses (RSA).

RSA Report November 2020 (5.5 MB pdf)

The RSA informs two primary evaluations for Florida Forever Projects:

  • Single Resource Evaluation (SRE) - projects are scored relative to each single natural resource (e.g. species habitat, surface water, etc.).
  • Florida Forever Tool for Efficient Resource Acquisition and Conservation (F-TRAC) - projects are scored across all natural resources by comparison with an optimal portfolio of conservation sites.

Detailed methodology for the RSA, including SRE and F-TRAC analyses, is provided in the RSA report. Project scores resulting from the SRE and F-TRAC analyses are reflected in the Florida Forever Project Comparative Analysis Table linked above.