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Home > Departments >General Sevices > Parks Division > Conservation Lands Program

Statement of Function

The primary purpose and objective of the Indian River County Conservation Lands Program is to protect, restore and sustain endangered ecosystems and associated rare and endangered species in Indian River County. Secondary objectives of the program include passive public recreation, preservation of open space, groundwater quality protection, flood protection, protection of historic and cultural resources, and general preservation of “quality of life.” The Conservation Lands Program is managed by the Conservation Lands Manager through the Parks Division and supervised by the Parks Superintendent. The Conservation Lands Manager and Parks Superintendent also work closely with the Community Development Department.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR INDIAN RIVER COUNTY SCRUB-JAY MONITORING PROGRAM

Scrub JayIndian River County Conservation Lands Program is seeking volunteers to assist with the monitoring of Florida scrub-jays on conservation lands and surrounding areas. Florida scrub-jays are a federally protected species under the Endangered Species Act and are managed on conservation lands in accordance with an Incidental Take Permit and a Habitat Conservation Plan. Volunteers will assist the county in monitoring assigned areas and families of scrub-jays. These tasks require training and performance under a federal permit. Volunteers must be able to work year-round and especially in the months of June-August. Ability to work in outdoor elements, during high temperatures and without shade is necessary. Volunteer activities are generally conducted alone and for 2-3 hours per week in the early morning hours. Proper clothing and attire are also required. For the 2015-2016 year, a mandatory volunteer training will be held on January 26th from 1pm-3:30pm and January 27th from 10am-3:30pm. An application is required to be accepted into the training program. For more information, email Beth Powell, Conservation Lands Manager, at bpowell@ircgov.com or call 772-589-9223.
Applications are due by 4pm on January 22, 2015. Application | Job Description

2014/2015 Goals and Objectives

• Work with the Florida Division of Forestry to conduct prescribed burns and land management (rollerchopping/ mowing) on prioritized conservation area, install firebreaks and provide educational information to the public about the necessity of prescribed fire on conservation lands.
• Maintain trails and educational information for passive recreation opportunities at conservation areas.
• Maintain compliance with SJRWMD/DEP and other regulatory agencies on projects on conservation lands and for County development projects.
• Maintain compliance with FCT reporting as it pertains to conservation areas purchased with FCT grant funds.
• Continue working with volunteers to improve conservation areas, e.g. Coastal Tech at Prange Island, volunteers conducting scrub-jay reporting and maintenance of exotics on conservation areas.
• Provide education to the public about environmental issues as they pertain to listed species and conservation areas.
• Update the county website with information about the County’s conservation areas.
• Continue providing county departments with assistance in regard to gopher tortoise surveys/relocations and other listed species concerns as they relate to County development projects.


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