We provide for the management, restoration and protection of environmentally sensitive lands and protect the natural resources of Manatee County.
Manatee County’s commitment to the environment and recognition of the importance of our natural resources to the quality of life in Manatee County is embodied in the responsibilities of the Natural Resources Department. In addition to physically protecting large tracts of conservation lands within our preserves, the Department monitors air and water quality, regulates mining and well construction, and oversees many aspects of development and wetland protection. We enhance the enjoyment of our natural resources by offering outdoor experiences and educational activities; and ensure access to our valuable coastal marine resources by developing artificial reefs, building boat ramps and managing beach restoration. See what we have to offer, and then consider getting involved through our volunteer program. read on Natural Resources
Natural Resources Department News
Jun 17, 2013 Duette Preserve's Hunt Brochure and Application is now available for 2013-2014. If you would ... [more]
Jun 16, 2013 July 2013 Events Now available!
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Mar 13, 2013 Jan/Feb/March 2013 Issue
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As Manatee County’s conservation team, our department mission is to conserve and protect the area’s natural resources. We shall conserve these resources by establishing ourselves as pioneers of innovation, meeting the challenges of land management under the public’s trust and offering environmental education and stewardship opportunities that foster a conservation ethic and connection to nature in context with Manatee County’s heritage. We shall protect our natural resources through measurement and monitoring of our water, air, and mineral extraction practices in coordination with federal and state partners to uphold the rights of the public to clean water, clean air, and a sustainable quality of life. read on About Natural Resources
Duties of the Environmental Protection Division's oversight and regulatory programs are to monitor and protect air, surface water and groundwater quality in the County's watersheds, wetlands, and estuaries. read on Environmental Protection Division
The Resource Management Division is responsible for maintaining and restoring the County's conservation properties, amounting to nearly 30,000 acres of natural land. read on Resource Management Division
The Natural Resources Department's Volunteer and Education Division creates environmental education and recreational programs and provides volunteer stewardship opportunities within the County's natural lands. This Division is also responsible for the creation of educational and promotional material as well as grant acquisition and management. read on Volunteer and Education Division