The Environmental Resources Department (ERD) manages preserves and natural areas which account for over 9,000 acres of St. Lucie County. From beautiful sandy beaches in the east that awaken with the morning sun to the ranchland restorations and cypress hammocks in the west that glow gold just before twilight, ERD has the opportunity to care for some of the most beautiful sites within our County.
The St. Lucie County Environmental Lands project began in 1994 with the passage of a $20 million local bond program. The mission of the program is to preserve, protect and restore eco-systems in their natural state while providing compatible public use. Lands are acquired with the assistance of Florida Communities Trust, South Florida Water Management District, Save our Rivers (SOR) and Conservation and Recreational Lands (CARL).
Visitors are reminded that using these sites is considered " at own risk".
Effective as of May 22, 2018- Sweetwater Preserve, Pinelands Preserve and Bluefield Ranch Preserve are CLOSED due to Flooding. For the most updated information regarding these closures, please call ERD at (772) 462-2526.