What Are Natural Resources?

Many residents are fond of Alachua County for its richness in natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities. We have, after all, some amazing spring runs, rivers, lakes, and forests to visit and allow us to connect with nature. But residents often do not have to go very far to get a feel of the outdoors; in fact, many people can enjoy these amenities right in their own backyard.

The first step in protecting our natural resources is to identify the types of resources, their location, and their significance to local residents.  This enables all of us to better understand policies intended to guide future growth and development in a manner that is compatible with the unique environment of North Florida, and that protects those resources that are found to be essential to maintain the quality of life and environmental integrity of our county.

Follow the links to the right to navigate through the four types of resources identified in the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan 2001-2020.

Interested residents can access maps and other geographic information for properties within Alachua County by visiting the following websites:

Department of Growth Management GIS Services

Property Appraiser's GIS Service Center

WARNING: These map viewers and the spatial data they contain are intended for informational purposes only.   For maps depicting natural resources, such as wetlands, the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department cautions users that the locations shown are only approximate, and the absence of features does not, in itself, guarantee that resources are not present.  When in doubt, contact a natural resources staff person to schedule an appointment.

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