The Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program

The Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program was established in 1990 to protect the natural habitats of Brevard County by acquiring environmentally sensitive lands for conservation, passive recreation, and environmental education.

This was made possible by citizens who voted to tax themselves up to $55 million dollars for the acquisition and maintenance of Brevard’s natural areas. Residents reaffirmed the EEL Program in 2004 under a second referendum to protect the natural habitats within Brevard County by the acquisition of environmentally sensitive lands through a willing seller program for the purpose of conservation, passive recreation, and environmental education.

To stretch these funds as far as possible, the EEL Program forms partnerships with federal, state and local agencies that are committed to the protection of natural resources and our long-term quality of life. EEL sanctuaries are managed to preserve native habitats and the plants and animals that live there.

Fox Lake
ScrubJay on single branch
Stream going through lush flora

Volunteer Scientists Wanted

Volunteer Scientists sought by County Commission for the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program Selection and Management Committee. The committee serves as an expert scientific advisory committee to the County Commission and staff on all issues involving the acquisition and management of environmentally endangered lands acquired under the EEL Program.

For more information and to fill out the Committee Member Application, click on the link below. Deadline for application submittals is on January 22 at 5pm.


Mission Statement

Protecting and Preserving Biological Diversity Through Responsible Stewardship of Brevard County’s Natural Resources

Vision Statement

  • The Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program acquires, protects and maintains environmentally endangered lands guided by scientific principles for conservation and the best available practices for resources, stewardship and ecosystem management.
  • The EEL Program protects the rich biological diversity of Brevard County for future generations.
  • The EEL Program provides passive recreation and environmental education opportunities to Brevard's citizens and visitors without detracting from the primary conservation goals of the program.
  • The EEL Program encourages active citizen participation and community involvement.

Guiding Directives

  • Conserving and managing natural resources
  • Providing opportunities for environmental education
  • Providing opportunities for passive recreation such as hiking and wildlife observation