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Palm Beach County Deputies Patrol Natural Areas

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The Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management (ERM) has contracted the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office to patrol over 30 natural areas throughout Palm Beach county.


ERM works to promote a quality environment for residents of and visitors to Palm Beach County. ERM programs protect county resources from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Okeechobee. If you have dived on an artificial reef, walked a beach or explored a natural area, you have enjoyed the fruits of ERM's labors.


The Department of Environmental Resources Management mission: to establish, maintain, and implement programs for the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the land and water resources of Palm Beach County.


Four full time deputy sheriffs, fully equiped with state of the art ATVs, jacked up Ford F-250s, swamp buggies, air boats with GPS tracking devices, patrol 28,000 acres of Palm Beach County's last wild places round the clock to insure your safety. These natural areas include:


1. Pine Glades

2. Cypress Creek

3. North Jupiter Flatwoods

4. Jupiter Inlet

5. Limestone Creek

6. Delaware Scrub

7. C-18 Triangle

8. Loxahatchee River

9. Jupiter Ridge

10. Hungryland Slough

11. Loxahatchee Slough

12. Juno Dunes

13. Jackson Riverfront Pines

14. Paw Paw Preserve

15. Sweetbay

16. Frenchman's Forest

17. Prosperity Oaks

18. Lake Park Scrub

19. Acreage Pines

20. Winding Waters

21. Royal Palm Beach Pines

22. Pond Cypress

23. Corbett / Lox Refuge Con /L-8 Canal

24. Lake Okeechobee Connector

25. East Conservation Area /Butts Lake

26. High Ridge Scrub

27. Hypoluxo Scrub

28. Rosemary Scrub

29. Ocean Ridge

30. Seacrest Scrub

31. Delray Oaks

32. Leon Weekes Preserve

33. Yamato Scrub

34. Pondhawk


If you see these fearless four in action while they are patrolling the swampy, mucky, sandy, woody, marshy, wet prairie areas while you are doing your Geocaching hunts or activities say hello and that you heard about them on this site.


Things to Know Before You Go


What Time Are The Natural Areas Open?

The natural areas are open from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week,

including holidays.


What Activities Are Allowed?

Passive, nature-based recreational activities such as hiking, bird

watching, nature study, photography, environmental education, and

scientific research.


What Activities Require A Special Permit?

Camping, fires, horseback riding, fishing, boating, collection of plants

and/or animals, and nighttime use.


What Is Prohibited?

Hunting, firearms, alcoholic beverages, fireworks, pets, bicycles,

skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, and motor vehicles. A more

complete description of the natural areas rules is provided in County

Ordinance 94-13.


Where Can I Find Additional Information?

Call 561-233-2400, visit our website at,

or write to: Department of Environmental Resources Management -

2300 N. Jog Road - 4th Floor - West Palm Beach - FL - 33411-2743

Edited by agronowd

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I don't visit the forums very often, I'm usually outdoors. I'd just like to thank the Wildlands Task Force for the job they are doing out there. I've met 2 or 3 of them, both out in the natural areas and at the Volunteer Land Stewards meetings.


Keep up the good work!


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