Land Opportunities

There are more than 116,000 acres identified on Martin County’s Land Acquisition Map.


71,000 acres have already been acquired thanks to Martin County citizens voting to tax themselves to support acquisition efforts.

Opportunity: secure the 46,000 remaining acres.

Target Areas

Our focus is on purchasing land - only from willing sellers - within four key areas, totally nearly 46,000 acres.

Blueways Program

  • About 400 acres of smaller parcels in more urbanized areas that would create more beach and waterway access.
  • Have a high probability of being developed within 5-10 years.
  • Provide access to waterways, beaches and other shoreline areas.
  • Protect waterways by providing natural buffers.
  • Support high levels of rare and endangered species habitat.
  • Improve coastal resiliency by acquiring areas in flood zones.

Indian River Lagoon Watershed

  • This is the largest acquisition footprint at about 27,000 acres.
  • Large areas of conservation land.
  • Past acquisitions include the C-44 Reservoir Project which helps to improve regional water quality and Allapattah Flats, a passive recreation area with nature trail, hiking, biking and camping.
  • Critical for cleansing water from Lake Okeechobee before it reaches our rivers and waterways.

Loxa-Lucie Headwaters

  • 9,800 acres (6,500 already acquired).
  • Essential to St. Lucie River restoration & health of Loxahatchee River.
  • Wildlife/recreation corridor from JD to Atlantic Ridge State Park.
  • Potential trail connection between Stuart & Tequesta.
  • Proximity to urban services and a high probability for future development.

Pal-Mar (“Pal-Mar Program”)

  • 8,500 acres.
  • 24,000 acres already acquired.
  • Contains some of the highest quality wetlands in Martin County and is a critical wildlife corridor.
  • Headwaters of the Loxahatchee River.
  • Regional recreational opportunities and a major trail destination.
  • Facing imminent threat from off-road vehicles and poaching.

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