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GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL — A lone cyclist rides along the Spring-to-Spring Trail, a portion of which runs alongside Grand Avenue in Glenwood. Trail segments like this one are one of many recreational and cultural amenities funded wholly or in part from the ECHO — that is, environmental, cultural, historical and outdoor recreation — and Volusia Forever programs. PHOTO COURTESY VOLUSIA COUNTY

The Volusia Forever Advisory Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the County Council Chambers of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

Approved by taxpayers in 2000 and 2020, Volusia Forever finances the acquisition and improvement of lands that are environmentally sensitive, protect water resources or provide outdoor recreation, as well as working forests and farmlands. During the first 20 years, Volusia Forever funded the conservation of 39,093 acres throughout the county.

The committee accepted applications for land purchase from Oct. 1 to Nov. 15 and received 26 applications from landowners representing 10,872 acres. The Volusia Forever fund currently has $7.2 million available for land acquisitions.

During the Jan. 26 meeting, committee members will sort the applications into those eligible or ineligible for further consideration. Register to participate virtually and access the agenda package at www.volusia.org/forever-advisory.

For more information, contact Brad Burbaugh at bburbaugh@volusia.org or 386-943-7081, ext. 13455.

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— Compiled by Business Editor Joe Crews

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