Everglades Initiative

Sawgrass marsh

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

Initiative mapEI 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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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

Kenneth Morgan, Program Specialist, 352-338-9545

Crenel Francis, Easement Program Specialist, 352-338-9508