Florida Senate - 2013                                     SB 466
       By Senator Altman
       16-00207C-13                                           2013466__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to state lands; amending s. 253.42,
    3         F.S.; authorizing individuals and corporations to
    4         submit requests to the Board of Trustees of the
    5         Internal Improvement Trust Fund to exchange state
    6         owned land for conservation easements over privately
    7         held land; providing criteria for consideration of
    8         such requests; encouraging certain operations on such
    9         lands; providing an effective date.
   11         WHEREAS, the Legislature finds that significant economic
   12  forces compel the state to be innovative in seeking new ways to
   13  expand the protection and conservation of undeveloped lands
   14  while reducing the overall fiscal impact to the state, and
   15         WHEREAS, many of these undeveloped lands are held in
   16  private ownership by individuals or are held by private or
   17  public corporations and are contiguous to existing state-owned
   18  land, and
   19         WHEREAS, the Legislature recognizes that these individuals
   20  or corporations may have additional management resources that
   21  would assist in the conservation and protection of natural
   22  resources on such lands and allow the state to increase the
   23  amount of land under protective covenants, and
   24         WHEREAS, it is the intent of the Legislature to encourage
   25  the use of conservation easements over privately held land
   26  through the exchange of state-owned land, to secure the future
   27  of natural resource-based recreation areas, and to ensure the
   28  survival of plant and animal species and the conservation of
   29  finite and renewable natural resources, NOW, THEREFORE,
   31  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   33         Section 1. Subsection (4) is added to section 253.42,
   34  Florida Statutes, to read:
   35         253.42 Board of trustees may exchange lands.—The provisions
   36  of this section apply to all lands owned by, vested in, or
   37  titled in the name of the board whether the lands were acquired
   38  by the state as a purchase, or through gift, donation, or any
   39  other conveyance for which no consideration was paid.
   40         (4)(a) An individual or a private or public corporation
   41  with privately held land contiguous to state-owned land may
   42  submit a request directly to the board to exchange state-owned
   43  land for conservation easements over the privately held land.
   44         (b) If the privately held land is surrounded by state-owned
   45  land on at least 30 percent of its perimeter, and the exchange
   46  will not create an inholding, the board shall consider the
   47  request within 60 days after receipt of the request.
   48         (c) Special consideration shall be given to a request
   49  submitted pursuant to this subsection which allows the state to
   50  retain a conservation easement in perpetuity. Furthermore, low
   51  impact operations such as grazing, forest management, prescribed
   52  burning, and wildlife management practices are strongly
   53  encouraged on such lands.
   54         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.