Plan Final 2013
Our mission: To preserve, protect and restore the region's unique environmental natural resources and
improve and enhance the enjoyment and health of a growing population; to achieve a balance between the quality of the
environment and economic interests of our citizens.
Our goal: Ensure that development proceeds without compromising our environment. To accomplish this goal
each of the various program areas issue permits and conduct routine inspections for compliance with both the county
adopted minimum standards and ordinances for environmental protection. Through intergovernmental agency agreements,
Environmental Management also represents and assists with enforcement of selected state and federal regulations.
Another facet of environmental protection is pollution prevention and clean up. Appropriate program staff investigate
citizen complaints and violations. Emergency situations such as hazardous substance spills, petroleum tank leaks, fish
kills, air pollution episodes, etc., are reported to Environmental Management for assessment and action.
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Volusia County has many programs that offer opportunities for youth, adults, seniors, and groups to get involved in
making a difference in the community while learning about the environment.
Learn about all environmental groups in Volusia County.
Environmental Permitting is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the county's environmental
ordinances, which include trees, wetlands, gopher tortoises, and Class II Overlay.
Learn about recycling programs, waterway cleanups and other environmental initiatives.
Green Volusia is Volusia County Goverments initiative to promote the sustainable use of county resources. Find out how
you and your family can GO GREEN! Our website is full of helpful tips and tools for going green.
The Land Management activity is responsible for the management, enhancement and restoration of 38,000 acres of
conservation lands in Volusia County.
The Marine Science Center offers a wide variety of programs and activities for children and adults throughout the year.
Students young and old can discover the many wonders of bird and marine life in environmentally rich Volusia
Natural Resources employees protect and conserve regional ecosystems and animal and plant species through habitat
conservation, restoration, education and enhancement initiatives.
Pollution Control is responsible for protecting our water resources by water quality and quantity monitoring,
ensuring the proper disposal of solid waste, waste water, hazardous waste and encouraging water conservation.
Volusia County is home to many protected species. Maintaining ecosystems is essential to conserving and protecting
these and other species of animals in the county.
December 12 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Sit back and enjoy the ride through this 14,000-acre conservation area managed by the St. Johns River Water
Management District. Land Manager Crystal Morris will discuss land management activities including timber
operations. Meet at 1999 S. U.S. 17, Barberville. The entrance is one mile south of S....
December 13 @10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Take walking and riding tours of the Lake George Forest and Wildlife Management Area. Participants will learn about
the conversion of and industrial pine plantation to a more environmentally favorite forest. Bluegrass pickers will
play at the park site while participants eat their lunch. Meet at 998...
December 13 @5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Explore the night sky with retired astronomy teacher Hugh Ward Jr. at Wiregrass Prairie Preserve, 1751 Lopez Road,
Osteen. Dr. Ward will comment on the visible planets and other celestial objects as participants observe the night
sky through telescopes and binoculars. Bring a folding chair, insect ...
December 14 to 15th
Enjoy a green Christmas by cutting your own tree at Lyonia Preserve in Deltona. You’ll not only get a unique tree,
you’ll help to maintain habitat for Florida scrub jays. Select your favorite sand pines from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec.
14 and 15. Bring a saw and enter on the unnamed road so...
December 14 @9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Explore the natural wonder of Deep Creek Preserve and collect leaves, sticks, seeds and vines to create a lasting
remembrance of your visit. Meet at 964 S. S.R. 415, New Smyrna Beach. Reservations are required and may be made by
contacting Bonnie Cary at email@example.com or 386-736-592...
December 17 @9:00 am to 11:30 am
Observe samples of tracks and scat left by wildlife that live and pass through Longleaf Pine Preserve, then take a
hike to search for signs and create a plaster cast of the tracks you find. Meet at the service entrance on S.R. 44,
west of Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach. Reservations are required a...
December 18 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Join Environmental Specialist Danielle Ivey on a hike through Lake Colby-Alderman Park, 1099 Massachusetts St.,
Cassadaga. She will point out and discuss the many non-native, invasive plants that have come to Florida and
created problems. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting ...
December 19 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Take a leisurely six-mile bike ride through Longleaf Pine Preserve with stops to explore. The trail is mostly
hard-packed and grassy road with occasional muddy areas. Off-road or tread tires are recommended. Bring water and a
snack to eat at the lake. Helmets are required. Meet at the preserve&rsquo...
December 21 @9:00 am to 11:00 am
Explore the jewel of Volusia Conservation Lands. Hikers will experience diverse Florida habitats including pine
flatwoods, oak hammock, cypress dome and swamp. They will also walk the shoreline of a natural section of the St.
Johns River. Meet at 598 Guise Road, Osteen. Reservations are require...