Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program
Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program abbreviated as ELAPP is a taxpayer funded land acquisition and conservation strategy in Hillsborough County, Florida. The program began in January 1987 when the Hillsborough County Commissioners approved ordinance with $21 million in acquisition funding over four years. In 1990 voters approved a 20-year bond issuance for additional land purchases. Again in November 2008 another bond program was approved by voters for up to $200 million. In the 20 years up to 2008, more than 50 land purchases had been made including several in the Hillsborough River watershed. Approximately $200 million had been spent with an estimated 38 percent coming from outside sources.
- ELAPP Resources publications Hillsborough County
- ELAPP plays key role in protecting natural resources in Hillsborough County issues in 2008 Hillsborough Planning Commission
- ELAPP History Project
- University of South Florida Libraries: Environmental Lands Acquisition Protection Program Collection Images documenting ELAPP's work in protecting over 61,000 acres of rare and important habitat in Hillsborough County, Florida.
- University of South Florida Libraries: Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program Oral History Project Oral histories from people who were directly involved in ELAPP's beginnings and successful growth.