EELs are unique and endangered habitats that are protected by Miami-Dade County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. “Since 1990, the EEL program has acquired more than 20,000 acres of rare and unique habitats, some of which feature some plant species that exist no where else in the world. The goal is to manage and protect these lands so that this and future generations can enjoy these unique areas. Besides offering much needed green space in a development- heavy urban area, these habitats also serve as a safe haven for area wildlife.”
Miami-Dade County’s Endangered Lands Program’s (EEL) focus is the protection and conservation of environmentally endangered lands.
Concerned about the continuing loss of pinelands and other natural areas, Miami-Dade County voters approved a property tax that was collected between 1990 and 1992 to fund the acquisition, protection and maintenance of environmentally endangered lands. The EEL Program identifies and secures these lands for preservation.
The EEL Program and its partners have brought more than 20,700 acres of environmentally endangered lands into public ownership since 1990. Additionally, the EEL Program manages 2,800 acres of natural lands within Miami-Dade County Parks, for a total of more than 23,500 acres protected.