Everglades Initiative

Sawgrass marsh

Through the Everglades Initiative the Natural Resources Conservation Service and our partners work with producers to implement conservation practices and support rural economies in the Florida Everglades region. The initiative covers 17 counties: Broward, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Highlands, Glades, Lee, Martin, Osceola, Orange, Indian River and St. Lucie counties.


The objectives of this initiative are to:

  • Improve water quality
  • Improve irrigation water management
  • Control invasive plant species
  • Improve wildlife and fish habitat

The initiative is implemented through the Environmental Quality Incentives and Agricultural Conservation Easements programs.

Initiative mapEnvironmental Quality Incentives Program 
Agricultural Conservation Easements Program

National Everglades Initiative website.

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Everglades News:

Federal Partners Announce $80 Million in Everglades Project Funding

USDA Radio News Stories:

New Help for Everglades Restoration Projects - Radio news story

Secretary Vilsack Comments on New Support for Everglades Restoration

USDA Puts More Money into Everglades Restoration

Florida Program Contact

Contact your local USDA-NRCS service center or

Crenel Francis, easements, 352-338-9508