Everglades Initiative

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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.


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The objectives of this initiative are to:

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

The initiative is implemented through the following programs:

Environmental Quality Incentives Program 
Agricultural Conservation Easements Program

More Information

National Everglades Initiative

Program Contact

Contact your Local USDA Service Center or,
Odessa Armstrong, program specialist, 352-338-9510.
Jeffrey Woods, financial assistance programs, 352-338-9515.
Crenel Francis, program specialist, 352-338-9508