Environmental Lands

To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from." - Terry Tempest Williams

ESL BirdSt. Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department Land Management Division actively manages over 7,792 acres of preserves acquired under the County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESL) Program.  Initiated in 1994, the goal of the program is to preserve, protect and restore ecosystems while providing compatible public use.  The lands were purchased using a $20 million voter-approved bond and matching state grant funds.


ESL Bridge

The County’s portfolio of 27 nature preserves includes both urban and rural locations which contain a variety of ecosystems, wildlife and offer numerous ESL Horsesrecreational opportunities such as hiking, biking, bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, camping, picnicking and canoeing.   All of the preserves are free to the public and are open from sunrise to sunset.  A small fee and permit is required on sites designated for camping.

For more information about the each of the County’s preserves, click here or use the Quick Links to the left.   To contact us, please call 772-462-2526 or email  EnvironmentalResources@stlucieco.org