This Chapter of the Florida Statutes regulates forestry. The Chapter creates the Florida Forestry Council; provides for fees and rules for the use of state forest lands; the Friends of Florida State Forests Program; the headquarters and meetings of the council; the duties of Florida Forest Service; the Florida Forever Program Trust Fund; the power of the Florida Forest Service to acquire lands for forest purposes; traffic control within state forest or Florida Forest Service-assigned lands; land acquisition restrictions for the Florida Forest Service; use of acquired lands by the Florida Forest Service; disposition of lands by the Florida Forest Service; lease of interest in gas, oil, and other minerals in Blackwater River State Forest; use of leased forest lands in Blackwater River State Forest; duties of the Florida Forest Service as to Clarke-McNary Law; the power of the Florida Forest Service to make certain investigations; creation of certain state forests; naming of certain state forests; the Operation Outdoor Freedom Program; cooperation by Florida Forest Service; power of eminent domain and its procedure; planting of indigenous trees on state lands; and tree planting programs. The Chapter also provides that county commissions or municipalities are authorized to cooperate with the Florida Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services of Florida in providing assistance in forestry and forest-related knowledge and skills to stimulate the production of timber wealth through the proper use of forest land and to protect and improve the beauty of urban and suburban areas by helping to create in them an attractive and healthy environment through the proper use of trees and related plant associations. County commissions or municipalities are authorized to appropriate funds and enter into cooperative agreements with the Florida Forest Service under the terms and conditions set forth in this Chapter.
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