There are 3 different conservation land classifications that define the >800 acres of natural lands on UCF’s main campus.
- Conservation easement – UCF’s main campus hosts 319 acres of conservation easement, which is land that is protected in perpetuity by the Saint John’s River Water Management District (SJRWMD). See Conservation Easement.
- Wetland Conservation – UCF’s main campus hosts 386 acres of wetland conservation that is protected by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), which has been in charge of managing the protection of the state’s wetland ecosystems under the Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) program since 1993. Under the ERP program, any dredging, filling, or construction in or near a wetland must be approved and monitored by the FDEP.
- Upland Conservation – UCF’s main campus hosts 49 acres of upland conservation. This land is protected through a verbal commitment from the administration of the university.