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Volusia Forever

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The Volusia Forever Program is currently accepting nominations for property to be considered for acquisition.  Under this program, anyone can nominate land for acquisition using the form below. However, this is a willing seller program which means the county will only purchase property from people who want to sell their land.

The nomination period will remain open until November 15, 2021. Applications received after the November 15th deadline will be considered in the April 2022 property evaluation cycle and process.  Interested individuals may learn more about the program by accessing the land selection and acquisition process, small lot acquisition program, and criteria for evaluating environmentally sensitive land as well as working forests and farmlands below:  

For more information, contact the Resource Stewardship Division at 386-943-7081 x 13460.  To submit a land nomination, send the completed form to or mail the form to:

Volusia Forever
Land Acquisition Manager
Volusia County Government                                                       
123 W. Indiana Ave. Suite 200                                                   
DeLand, FL 32720

Volusia Forever overview

Volusia Forever was created in 2000 when the citizens of Volusia County voted to tax themselves .2 mills over 20 years to protect the county‚Äôs natural biodiversity. Voters renewed it for another 20 years during the November 2020 election. To stretch these dollars as far as possible, Volusia Forever forms partnerships with federal, state, water management district and local agencies that are committed to protecting natural resources. Approximately 38,000 acres (fee-simple and less-than-fee) have been acquired since the beginning of the program.

The Mission of Volusia Forever:
Finance the acquisition and improvement of environmentally sensitive, water resource protection, and outdoor recreation lands, and to manage these lands as conservation stewards in perpetuity.

The Goals of Volusia Forever:
Conserve, maintain and restore the natural environment and provide access for the enjoyment and education of the public; provide resources to ensure that sufficient quantities of water are available to meet current and future needs; meet the need for high-quality resource based outdoor opportunities, greenways, trails, and open space; preserve the habitat and water recharge; ensure that the natural resource values of such lands are protected and that the public has the opportunity to enjoy the lands to their fullest potential.

Additional information:
The Volusia Forever Program is administered by the County's Resource Stewardship Division.
123 W. Indiana Ave.
Room 200
DeLand, FL 32720
Phone: 386-943-7081

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