Six properties in Polk County make Florida Forever priority acquisition list

Six Polk County properties are on the 2023 Florida Forever Priority List approved Tuesday by the Board of Trustees of Florida’s Internal Improvement Trust Fund.

The list guides the state’s acquisition of land purchased for conservation through Florida Forever funding. The 2023 list contains 129 projects totaling more than 2.2 million acres.

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In the Critical Natural Lands category, Bombing Range Ridge, which covers parts of Polk, Osceola and Highlands counties, is listed as a high work plan priority. The list identifies nearly 30,000 remaining acres needed for acquisition.

Lake Hatchineha Watershed, in Polk and Osceola counties, is listed as a low priority in the same category. The state identifies 3,592 remaining acres for purchase.

The list designates 161,000 remaining acres of the Green Swamp in Polk, Lake and Pasco counties for acquisition. The property is listed as a medium/low priority in the category of Partnerships and Regional Incentives.

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