Osceola County Environmental Land Management Planning and Engineering Services

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Florida’s Osceola County is home to nearly 8,000 acres of County-owned park properties where visitors enjoy boat ramp access to some of the nation’s best bass fishing lakes and unparalleled wildlife viewing and recreational opportunities. The County’s Environmental Lands Conservation Program was created to acquire and manage environmentally significant lands with a voter-endorsed funding source that enables the issuance of bonds. Proper planning for these lands, waters, and facilities is critical to protecting the quality and experiences of these natural environments.

ESA supports the County through the development and implementation of land management plans (LMPs) for the County’s acquired conservation lands and passive park areas. Plans address the existing site conditions, outline desired future conditions, and develop long-term management goals and objectives specific to each property. The LMPs address fire cycle, vegetative diversity, wildlife abundance and habitat, hydrologic restoration, nuisance and exotic species control, and public access and passive recreation. Once the LMPs are approved, ESA assists the County with regulatory permitting, mitigation, habitat restoration, nuisance species management, prescribed fire, maintenance, monitoring, reporting, and coordination for each project site.

ESA’s multidisciplinary expertise enables informed planning and management of County lands, supporting the mission of the Environmental Lands Conservation Program “to preserve the natural beauty of the county and to ensure that there will be natural lands and water resources for future generations.

Specialized Services

  • Biological assessments
  • Environmental assessments
  • Environmental compliance documentation
  • Environmental impact reports
  • Habitat conservation plans
  • Habitat evaluations
  • Habitat modeling
  • Habitat restoration and enhancement
  • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • Mitigation monitoring and reporting
  • Modeling and analysis
  • Monitoring
  • Native American, ethnographic, and archaeological studies
  • Park and land management plans
  • Public access, trail analysis and design
  • Special status species surveys and inventories
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Wetland assessments
  • Wetland delineations
  • Wetland restoration