About Farmton Tree Farm
Farmton is an area of approximately 59,000 acres in northern Brevard and southeast Volusia Counties. It lies just west of Interstate 95 and has access to SR 442 and SR S5A interchanges. Currently, Farmton’s acres are managed through silviculture and supplemented with hunting and grazing operations, as well as mitigation banking. To read more about these operations, click here.
Under single ownership for more nearly 90 years, Miami Corporation’s on-site managers have been outstanding stewards of the land. Throughout the history of Farmton, there have been several times when market forces placed the Farmton tract at a crossroads.
In recent years, Farmton was again placed at a crossroads. Population growth and development of the land surrounding Farmton has resulted in the shutdown of nearby sawmills. Changes in the timber markets, both domestic and international, have eroded the economic viability of the independent logging crews who purchase and remove the timber. Many have gone out of business. Miami Corporation began to study new uses for the Farmton tract, as we have in the past.
Miami Corporation’s thoughtful, comprehensive and intelligent approach for the long-term viability of the property includes permanent protection of significant natural resources and wildlife corridors and benefits for the surrounding community. The creation of the Farmton Local Plan serves as a master plan for the property over the next 50 years and beyond. This amazing feat required a level of planning, analysis and public input that is rarely accomplished among landowners. Yet, the benefits of being able to plan with a blank canvas have been immeasurable.
The goals of the Farmton Plan include:
- implementation of a long-term, legacy vision that takes a 50-year holistic view of the land;
- greenprinting, a process that identifies up-front approximately two-thirds of the land as “GreenKey”, which will ultimately be conserved in perpetuity;
- sustainable development that adheres to very high standards of community design;
- large-scale conservation (ultimately nearly 80% of Farmton will be conserved at no cost to taxpayers);
- a Rails to Trails Project which will contribute significantly to the state’s East-Central Regional Rail-Trail;
Links / Resources
Click here to read more about the Farmton Local Plan
Click here to read more about Farmton’s current Tree Farm Operations
Click here to read more about the History of Farmton