Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Learn about Florida’s Silviculture Best Management Practices program. Find out what you can do to protect Florida’s lakes and streams from pollution associated with forestry activities.
The Florida Forest Service, with its State Office located in Tallahassee, has divided the state into 15 field units that are grouped into four regions. Our field units are led by the Field Operations Bureau Chief and four regional Deputy Chiefs, who are responsible for implementing the Florida Forest Service's forestry programs. The multi-functional workforce of personnel and equipment provides a more responsive and comprehensive approach to land management and wildland fire control statewide.
The movement of commercial shipments of firewood, unprocessed wood products and other regulated articles into the state is prohibited unless the shipper has entered into a signed compliance agreement with the state of origin under a master permit that has been issued to the state of origin by the Director. Locally produced or harvested firewood and unprocessed wood products are exempt from this rule provided they are not moved 50 miles from the distribution point.
The Champion Tree Program recognizes the largest known tree of each species in the United States. Florida now has the most national champions of any state. Florida began keeping a state register, the Florida Champion Tree Register, in 1975 to recognize the largest tree of each species within this state. It now contains hundreds of trees, including the national champions. All native and non-invasive naturalized tree species are eligible for nomination.
The Forest Health unit has statewide responsibility for forest pest surveys, evaluations, and impact assessments. In addition, the Forest Health staff provides technical training to Florida Forest Service personnel, Division of Plant Industry inspectors, and other groups upon request. Technical assistance is provided upon request to Florida Forest Service personnel, county and municipal governments, forest industry, and the general public.
The Land Acquisition Section (LAS) oversees essential functions of acquisition and management of state lands managed by the Florida Forest Service as well as providing support functions to other state agencies in their efforts to acquire and manage forested timberlands.
Plan a trip to one of Florida's 37 state forests.