Through the Everglades Initiative (EI) the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and our partners work with producers and landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices that improve water quality, control invasive plant species, benefit wildlife and fish habitat 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
Through EI, NRCS uses various conservation programs to provide technical and financial support to help farmers, ranchers, and landowners put conservation on the ground in the Everglades region.
Along with the Environmental Quality Incentives program (EQIP), the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) plays a critical role in Everglades conservation. WRP is a voluntary easement program in which landowners sell their development rights and place their land in a conservation easement that permanently maintains that land as agriculture and open space.
The objectives of this initiative are to:
Improve water quality
Improve irrigation water management
Control invasive plant species
Improve wildlife and fish habitat
EI will be implemented by NRCS through the following programs:
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
National Everglades Initiative website.
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USDA Puts More Money into Everglades Restoration
Florida Program Contact
Contact your local USDA-NRCS Service Center or
Kenneth Morgan, Program Specialist, 352-338-9545
Crenel Francis, Easement Program Specialist, 352-338-9508