Brevard County is home to beautiful and diverse ecosystems with many different species of animals and plant life. All of this beauty is a blessing we cannot take for granted, which is why Brevard County has a number of measures in place to protect local environments.
America’s Space Coast includes the Indian River Lagoon, Archie Carr turtle tracks, coastal strand, sand dune, salt marsh, wet prairie, scrubby flatwoods and so many other ecosystems. When buying a Brevard home you want to be sure that the surrounding environment is going to last, helping to preserve the value of your home. Rest assured that in Brevard County protecting nature is a top priority. In proof, there are many programs in place to protect local environments.
Brevard Environmentally Endangered Land (EEL) Program
The Environmentally Endangered Land (EEL) Program was established in 1990 to protect a number of environmentally sensitive areas in Brevard. EEL purchases environmentally sensitive land in order to ensure its survival. The EEL program is funded through local tax dollars, as well as partnerships formed through federal, state and independent organizations dedicated to preserving natural environments.
The first area purchased under this program was the Enchanted Forest in Titusville, since then the EEL program has rescued and even rehabilitated a number of important areas and ecosystems. The overall goal of the program is to protect a large variety of the natural habitats originally found in the area, including wetlands, mature hardwood forests, pine flatwoods and xeric oak scrub.
The Barrier Island Center
The Barrier Island Center was built in 2008 for $3 million dollars. The incredible 5,700 square foot center now facilitates a wide variety of environmental programs, including an interactive exhibit and presentation hall. Educational programs offered at the Barrier Island Center include things like beach cleanups and guided hikes.
Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge
The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to many native animals, including wild boar, white-tailed deer, American alligators, bobcats, armadillos, birds and more. The refuge gives these animals a safe place to live in their natural environment, while also providing the unique opportunity to observe these animals in their most natural state. The Welcome Back Songbirds Festival is held here every April.
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary
The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary includes a variety of natural habitats, including plant life and wildlife. You’ll find five main habitat types here: scrub, oak, mesic, wet prairie, pine flatwood and hydric hammock. Animals living here include the Florida scrub lizard, gopher tortoise, white-tailed deer, eastern indigo snake and bobcats. As mentioned above, this sanctuary is maintained through the EEL program.
Erna Nixon Park
Erna Nixon Park includes 54-acres of Florida hammock and nature preserve. It’s quite a site to visit with an incredible 2,345-foot long elevated boardwalk and 640 feet of trail weaving through three unique ecosystems.
Bird and Turtle Habitats
There are many endangered bird and turtle species native to Florida, including loggerhead sea turtles, the brown pelican, wood stork, great blue heron and snowy egret. Every year in January, around 5,000 people attend the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival (Space Coast Flyways Festival).
Sea turtles nest on Brevard shores, and are a valuable and much loved aspect of our community. This blessing comes with special responsibilities to protect the turtles and educate the public in order to preserve the coastal areas these turtles have counted on for generations.
Recycling In Brevard County
The average person produces 4.5 pounds of trash every single day. Much of this waste can be reused when properly recycled, keeping billions of pounds of recyclables out of landfills where they only harm the environment.
Brevard County has been promoting recycling for years and the results speak for themselves. Properly recycling trash ensures the long-term economic, environmental and social health of Brevard, as well as our Planet at large.
Brevard Water Conservation
In total, Brevard County has 8,000 miles of waterline, this creates a strong need for water conservation efforts. Florida is surrounded by water, but the amount of clean drinking water is limited all around the world. Brevard is committed to doing its part to conserve water and subsequently help local residents save money.
St. Johns Watershed
The St. Johns River Water Management District is in charge of maintaining and protecting local waterways including St. Johns River, the Indian River and the Banana River.
The Florida Solar Energy Center is dedicated to promoting solar energy. Our State offers incentives for going solar, which is a smart decision considering Florida takes third place compared to all other US states for the best weather conditions for solar. According to the Clean Energy Authority, “its [Florida] polices hold it down at 17th for installed solar capacity.”