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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.


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 or call 772-589-9223.

2017/2018 Goals and Objectives

• Complete master plans for Kroegel Homestead, Hallstrom Farmstead and Jones' Pier. Begin developing master plans for conservation areas in support of providing required public access improvements for Sebastian Harbor Preserve and South Prong Slough.
• Permit public access improvements and finalize RFP's for the construction of all permitted boardwalks.
• Complete construction of boardwalks/public access improvements at Ansin Tract Conservation Area, Round Island South Conservation Area, Harmony Oaks Conservation Area and South Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area.
• Initiate construction for the public use improvements at Oyster Bar Marsh Conservation Area.
• Continue to identify potential funding sources and make grant applications to leverage County funds for required public use improvements.
• Continue working with the FFS to conduct prescribed burns and land management (roller-chopping/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 FCT reporting as it pertains to conservation areas purchased with FCT grant funds.
• Continue working with volunteers to improve and maintain 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.

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