the Management Plan is a tool to assist the County and other public agencies in identifying and preserving important trail features for public use. Through identification and delineation of the County's goal and policies, the trail plan helps to guide the trail's management and facilitate the coordination of trails with other land development. In accordance with FS 259.032, the County is required to submit and update land management plan at least every 10 years to the Division of State Lands. The original Lehigh Trail Management Plan will reach its ten year mark in March of 2012.
In accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 259.032(10)(b) an advisory committee is required to provide public comment on the management plan's update. This Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) process is required because the Lehigh Trail is on State Lands in excess of 150 acres. The statute requires the membership be comprised of at least five (5) members representing each of the following groups:
- Representatives of the lead land management agency
- Local private property owner(s)
- Soil and water conservation district representative
- Local conservation organization representative
- A local elected official
The purpose of the committee is to provide the Commissioners and state with recommendations on the update of the plan. the deadline for the completion of the Management Plan Update is March 4, 2012. However, the Plan needs to be submitted much earlier to meet the other timeframe constraints listed below. These constraints add almost 6 months to the process and require an update submittal to be ready around September 1, 2011.
Lehigh Greeway Rail-Trail Management Plan - 7/29/11