The South Florida Water Management District is one of the state’s largest landowners with some 1.5 million acres ranging from central to southern Florida.    In response to recent budget shortfalls, however, all state agencies have been ordered to analyze whether public lands they manage fulfill “core missions.”   With water management districts, those core missions are flood protection, and maintaining water supply, water quality and the ecological health of natural areas.

To that end, the District is seeking public comment on a land assessment program that could lead to putting some tracts up for sale. To see maps and descriptions of properties and to post comments, go to:  www.sfwmd.gov/landassessment.

The deadline for comments on property in the Everglades region is July 8. The district plans to present a list of lands it will consider giving to other government agencies, trade or sell by September.