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Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

At a public workshop Wednesday evening in Tallahassee, environmentalists expressed serious doubts about a list of conservation lands the state of Florida proposes to sell. The state is seeking public input as it looks to unload up to $50 million dollars’ worth of land.

Wednesday evening in Tallahassee, the state of Florida will ask for public input at a meeting  about a list of conservation lands it’s proposing to sell. Environmentalists are watching the so-called land “surplussing” process closely.

St. Marks River
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

A Florida land council has slashed its list of conservation lands recommended for state purchase after backlash from a nonprofit environmental group. A letter from the Nature Conservancy expressed concern the state could waste some of its limited conservation budget by buying low-priority lands.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

A proposed Florida constitutional amendment setting aside money for land conservation pits environmental groups against small-government advocates. The state’s public-land purchasing budget has been slashed in recent years, with some lawmakers arguing that mandating an amount that must be spent on conservation makes no fiscal sense.

St. Marks River
Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

By the end of the month, the state of Florida will release a list of public lands it’s considering selling. This year’s state budget requires the state to sell some property before it can purchase an equally valuable amount of conservation land.