As a friend, your dues & support help preserve incredible beaches, magnificent wetlands, historic and cultural sites and the fragile beauty of the Real Florida for years to come!

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Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation, Inc.  (FGTF) is our sister statewide organization, which aims to advocate for and help create a statewide system of trails and greenways to advance health, recreation, transportation and tourism.



Governor Scott’s 2017-18 recommended budget totaling more than $153 million for the Division of Recreation and Parks is a 17% increase over the last budget.  The request includes more than $50 million for Florida State Park enhancements, management and facility improvements which include:

  • $40 million – State Park Facility Improvements
  • $4 million – ADA Repairs/Remove Access Barriers
  • $2.7 million – Fire Equipment
  • $1.9 million – Road Repairs for State Parks
  • $1 million – Parks and Community Trails Program (PACT)
  • $450,000 – Fire Trucks

Join us in support of this budget by thanking Governor Scott for the proposed increase in funding for our treasured State Parks. And, very important, urge your legislators and key environmental committees to approve it.

Contact Information for Governor Rick Scott

Contact Information for the Florida Senate

Senate President
Senator Joe Negron

Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation
Senator Lauren Frances Book, Chair
Senator Rob Bradley, Vice Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources
Senator Rob Bradley, Chair
Senator Lauren Frances Book, Vice Chair

Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Senator Kelli Stargel, Chair
Senator Rene Garcia, Vice Chair

Find your senator here.

Contact Information for the Florida House

Speaker of the House
Representative Richard Corcoran

Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee
Representative Ben Albritton, Chair
Representative Charlie Stone, Vice Chair

Natural Resources and Public Lands Subcommittee
Representative Holly Raschein, Chair
Representative Ben Albritton, Vice Chair

Find your representative here.

What to say in your letters/emails?

  • Let them know how Florida State Parks benefit you personally, be it rest, play, wildlife observations, family gatherings.
  • Use the below impressive statistics which show how important Florida State Parks & Trails are to Florida’s economy:

Florida’s state park system is comprised of 174 state parks, trails and historic sites on 791,145 acres. The system serves more than 31 million visitors annually, has an economic impact over $2.8 billion, and in the form of state sales taxes, contributes $191,604,535 to the state’s general revenue. More than 45,525 jobs were created in the local economies. Visitors come in part to enjoy Florida’s natural environment, “…the Real Florida.

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