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Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department
The Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department consists of the Regional Parks section and the Environmental Lands Management section.

Regional Parks Section

The Regional Parks section consists of 10 unique nature parks offering a diverse variety of resource-based recreation activities that encompass over 14,000 acres of land, 187 miles of trails, 182 campsites, 9 boat ramps, 13 canoe/kayak launches, 12 fishing piers, 85 picnic shelters, a beach,a natural spring with swimming, 12,000 ft. of boardwalk, 2 observation towers and 2 nature centers.

For more information, please e-mail Regional Parks Administration or call 813-987-6240.

Environmental Lands Management

The Environmental Lands Management section manages environmentally sensitive wildlife habitat and corridors acquired through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP). This program is publicly supported and has been approved by voters.

Meeting Announcement:

Conservation and Environmental Lands Management
Public Steering Committee
Development of a new Master Plan for the Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department

Date: February 15, 2016

Time:        6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location:    UF/IFAS Extension Service

Address:    5339 County Road 579
                Seffner, FL 33584

Contact:     813-672-7876

Email:        Ross Dickerson at 


Since 1988, Hillsborough County has purchased more than 61,000 acres that are now in public ownership. Management responsibilities include prescribed burning, invasive species control, wildlife inventory, and habitat improvements for endangered and threatened species of plants and animals.

This section also provides administrative operations and guides the land acquisition process which includes site assessments and rankings of publicly nominated sites.

Environmental Lands Management Division Office Locations

Northwest Office
Lake Frances Preserve
10225 Woodstock Rd.
Odessa, FL 33556

P: 813-264-8513
F: 813-964-2960
Central Office (Main)
Bell Creek Preserve
10940 McMullen Rd.
Riverview, FL 33569

P: 813-672-7876
F: 813-672-7880
South Office
Cockroach Bay Preserve
3709 Gulf City Rd.
Ruskin, FL 33570

P: 813-671-7754
F: 813-671-7758
Northeast Office
Lower Green Swamp Preserve
3536 E. Knights Griffin Rd.
Plant City, FL 33565

P: 813-757-3713
F: 813-757-3709

Public Meetings for Master Plan

Purpose of Public Meetings at Regional Parks
  1. Introduce the new Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department and organization of the government agency
  2. Explain the Master planning process - and how they can get involved
  3. Overview of the specific regional park and how it fits into the suite of available recreational choices, facilities, and environmental education opportunities
  4. Obtain ideas and comments from park patrons and local communities using pre-designed a survey

Agenda for Meetings - Saturday morning, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. - Welcome - Why we are here today?
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. - Why a new Department?
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - How does this park fit into the suite of available outdoor recreation choices
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. - Preparing the Master Plan for the Department?
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Pre-designed survey
During this portion of the program answer questions only about the survey
11:30 Questions and Answers

Dates and Locations for Public Meetings

Date Location Address Time
01/09/2016 Upper Tampa Bay Park 8001 Double Branch Rd, Tampa 10:00 - 11:30
01/16/2016 Alderman's Ford 100 Alderman's Ford Park Dr, Plant City 10:00 - 11:30
01/23/2016 Lettuce Lake 6920 E Fletcher Ave, Tampa 10:00 - 11:30
01/30/2016 Eureka Springs 6400 Eureka Springs Rd, Tampa 10:00 - 11:30
02/06/2016 E. G. Simmons 2401 19th Ave NW, Ruskin 10:00 - 11:30
02/13/2016 Lithia Springs Park 3932 Lithia Springs Rd, Lithia 10:00 - 11:30
02/20/2016 Wilderness Park 14302 Morris Bridge Rd, Thonotosassa 10:00 - 11:30
02/27/2016 Edward Medard Park 6140 Turkey Creek Rd, Plant City 10:00 - 11:30
03/05/2016 Upper Tampa Bay Trails 9201 W Waters Ave, Tampa 10:00 - 11:30
03/12/2016 Lake Park / Lake Rogers 9586 N Mobley Rd, Odessa 10:00 - 11:30