Conservation Land Acquisition & Management (CLAM)

The Nassau County Conservation Land Acquisition and Management (CLAM) program was created to preserve and conserve the county’s natural, historic, and working lands resources by identifying, ranking, and assessing conservation lands for acquisition and management. 


Please use below links for more information: 

Nassau County Conservation Lands Acquisition & Management Manuel & Conservation Plan

CLAM Resource Ranking Map


BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE CLAM PROGRAM

In 2020 Nassau County was behind the state's average for counties in terms of natural resource protections, having only preserved 7% of their landmass, as compared to a statewide average of 29%. Nassau County is also facing new and significant development threats, transforming from a mostly rural county to a growth center in the Northeast Florida region.  However, the County has a bounty of natural resources, including wild and scenic waterways like the St. Marys, Nassau, and Bells Rivers; a unique barrier island; and large tracts of timberland.

To begin the process of preserving and conserving the county's natural, historic, and working lands resources, the County Commission directed Planning Staff to develop a plan to conserve and manage conservation lands.  This plan was developed by County Staff with the assistance of the North Florida Land Trust (NFLT), a 501(c) non-profit operating in Nassau County and throughout North Florida. NFLT was retained by the county to bring their experience in the identification and acquisition of conservation resources to assist in the creation of a countywide Conservation Lands Acquisition and Management (CLAM) program.  NFLT utilized their experience in strategic conservation planning to develop for the county a plan to identify, rank, and assess conservation lands for acquisition and management.  The final CLAM is a manual of operations for the administration and management of the CLAM program.

An essential tool of the CLAM program is the CLAM Resource Ranking Map, a GIS (Geographic Information Systems)-based plan developed to create, analyze, and manipulate geographic information, known as data layers. These data layers are maps of resources which can be displayed as they overlap and interact, and where different statistical and analytical processes can be applied to better understand a landscape filled with multiple interacting resources.  Nineteen different data layers were selected for consideration, representing different potential conservation resources.  The different data layers all relate to one of the four most common considerations for acquiring conservation land: Water Issues, Habitat and Species Protections, Working Lands, Outdoor Recreation and Quality of Life.  This map will be used to analyze properties being considered for acquisition.

The CLAM was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on January 25, 2021.  The CLAM Committee has been established and will soon begin the job of reviewing and ranking nominated properties, recommending potential acquisitions, reviewing management plans, and reviewing the monitoring and enforcement of conservation easements. 

CLAM Committee Agenda/Minutes

Click here to see CLAM Committee information.

CLAM Staff Reports

During the CLAM nomination period, July 24, 2021 through January 31, 2022, over 750 nominations were received.  Staff completed its evaluation of the nominations and presented its ranking recommendations to the CLAM Committee on May 19, 2022.  A staff report for each recommended property can be found at the following link:

  1. CLAM Piney Island-Amelia Viewshed Staff Report
  2. CLAM Orange Bluff Staff Report
  3. CLAM Dudley Island Staff Report
  4. CLAM Amelia South - Gerbing Staff Report
  5. CLAM Amelia-COFB Central Business District Respite
  6. CLAM Amelia-COFB Central Business District Respite
  7. CLAM Baldwin Bay Staff Report
  8. CLAM Baldwin Bay Staff Report
  9. CLAM White Oak Staff Report
  10. CLAM St Marys River Ranch (Hixon) Staff Report
  11. CLAM St Marys River Ranch (Schnauss) Staff Report
  12. CLAM North Little Nana Dune Staff Report
  13. CLAM Central Little Nana Dune Staff Report
  14. CLAM South Little Nana Dune Staff Report
  15. CLAM Lofton Creek Viewshed (JMA) Staff Report
  16. CLAM Lofton Creek Viewshed (Tyler Plaza West) Staff Report
  17. CLAM Lofton Creek Viewshed (Yulee UMC) Staff Report
  18. CLAM Lofton Creek Viewshed (Rayonier) Staff Report
  19. CLAM Amelia South (Jones) Staff Report
  20. CLAM Amelia South (Holliday) Staff Report
  21. CLAM Amelia South (MPS) Staff Report
  22. CLAM Amelia South (Cubbage) Staff Report
  23. CLAM Amelia Island State Park Expansion Staff Report
  24. CLAM Orange Bluff to RES Connector (Powell) Staff Report
  25. CLAM Orange Bluff to RES Connector (Smith) Staff Report
  26. CLAM Orange Bluff to RES Connector (Dixie) Staff Report
  27. CLAM Orange Bluff to RES Connector (Vanzant) Staff Report
  28. CLAM Orange Bluff to RES Connector (Koons) Staff Report
  29. CLAM Thomas Creek Staff Report
  30. CLAM Amelia Island Parkway Staff Report