Natural Resources

Mission Statement: To protect and conserve the Natural Resources of Volusia County for future generations to enjoy. To promote good stewardship of our sole source aquifer, providing quality water needs for the future residents of the county, and to preserve the regional ecosystems as well as animal and plant species through habitat conservation, restoration, education and enhancement initiatives. 

Educational Opportunities

Volusia County has a number of programs for school students, Cub Scout troops, special interest groups, residents and visitors interested in learning more about the County’s ecosystems, natural lands, animals, and plants.

Education Materials

These educational materials provide residents and visitors with information on coastal wildlife and the County's Lighting Ordinance. Order FREE brochures, newsletters, posters, table top tents and more.

Estuaries

An estuary is a partly enclosed coastal body of brackish water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it and connecting to the open sea. The inflows of both salt water and fresh water provide high levels of nutrients, making estuaries among the most productive natural habitats in the world. Find out more about how Estuaries work and the efforts to restore mangroves, oyster beds, grasses, etc.

Get Involved

Find out how residents and visitors can participate in activities offered by Volusia County. Many opportunities exist for students, residents, and visitors to learn about the environment, and how to become good stewards of our natural resources. Get involved in making a difference in your community.

Green Volusia

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.

Florida Manatee

Almost all manatees in the United States live in Florida waters, although they have been known to range as far north as Rhode Island and as far west as Texas. Volusia County is rich in marine life and is working to maintain a delicate balance between quality of life for its residents and visitors and protecting the population of manatees and other wildlife in the region. Find out more about the Manatee Protection Plan (MMP), manatees and thier habitat, educational resources, and how you can help to protect manatees.

Lyonia Environmental Center

The Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) provides visitors with a unique insight into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems. The center promotes an understanding of the county’s natural environment, the heritage it sustains, and the challenges it faces. The Lyonia Environmental Center occupies 4,000 square feet of the Deltona Regional Library complex.

Marine Environment

Keeping the Marine environment healthy is important to protect wildlife and maintain quality of life for all of its residents. Find out how you can help through River Cleanups and education on how Marine Debris affects wildlife.

Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Find names, phone numbers, websites and organizations to contact when a marine mammal is found in distress or washed up on the beach and learn what to do and what not to do.

Marine Science Center

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 County.

Native and Exotic Plants

Volusia County is home to many unique plants and ecosystems. The county is making efforts to remove exotic plantings that choke out native species. We also encourage native plantings along our shorelines, uplands, wetlands, and forests.

Sea Turtles

Volusia County is dedicated to the protection of sea turtles and the habitat we share. For years, the county has actively protected coastal wildlife by implementing our Sea Turtle Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The HCP was recently updated and approved for use by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Wildlife

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. Find a list of Emergency Wildlife contacts, a Coastal Wildlife Calendar and information about Birding.

Other Environmental Management activities that relate to Natural Resources:

Environmental Permitting

Environmental Permitting is responsible for administration and enforcement of the county's environmental ordinances, which includes trees, wetlands, gopher tortoises, and the Class II Overlay. Go to Connect Live for information and permitting needs.

Katrina Locke
Program Manager
klocke@volusia.org
 

Toll free landlines
when calling from:

West Volusia
386-736-5927

Daytona Beach
386-254-4612

New Smyrna Beach
386-423-3303