We manage more than 61,000 acres of environmentally sensitive wildlife habitat and corridors acquired through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP).
Management responsibilities include:
- Prescribed burning
- Invasive species control
- Wildlife inventory
- Trail maintenance
- Feral animal control
- Habitat improvements for endangered and threatened species of plants and animals
ELAPP is a voluntary program established for the purpose of providing the process and funding for identifying, acquiring, preserving and protecting endangered, environmentally-sensitive and significant lands in Hillsborough County. It is a citizen-based program with volunteer committees involved in every key aspect of the program.
ELAPP is not a regulatory program, but lands are identified for the program because of their environmental significance.
- January 1987
- The Board of County Commissioners approved an Environmentally-Sensitive Lands Ordinance, which provided $21 million over a four-year period to acquire environmentally-sensitive lands
- County voters approved the issuance of up to $100 million in bonds over a 20-year period to acquire additional lands
- November 2008
- Voters approved the issuance of up to $200 million in bonds
For more information on ELAPP or how to nominate a site for the ELAP program, call (813) 672-7876.