Welcome to the Farmton website!
Farmton is an area of approximately 59,000 acres situated in both Volusia and Brevard counties in east central Florida. It was bought by the Deering family of Chicago starting in the 1920s and benefits from careful stewardship of the land for nearly 90 years. In fact, the name for our company, Miami Corporation, was chosen because of the many winters the family enjoyed in Miami, FL. In the present day, Farmton includes timbering operations using best management practices, a mitigation bank restoring thousands of acres of wetlands, and quality wildlife management.
As the face of east central Florida continues to change along with the economics of silviculture, Miami Corporation has created a legacy plan for Farmton that will provide a long-term, 50-year vision for the land that is consistent with our company’s stewardship ethic and commitment to best management practices.
The Farmton Plan has been approved by Volusia and Brevard Counties and been held in compliance by the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA). It is being called a model for long term-large scale planning and sustainable development by the DCA.
Farmton Conservation Management Plans
In March 2013, as required under the Farmton Plan, Miami Corporation placed almost 40,000 acres under permanent conservation, both in and out of its mitigation bank. The mitigation bank permit has specific requirements for the management of the bank acres, and Miami Corporation has managed and will continue to manage the land in conformity with the permit requirements.
The conservation lands outside of the mitigation bank are now managed in accordance with Farmton Conservation Management Plans that were crafted as a cooperative effort with Brevard and Volusia counties and many other stakeholders including Florida Audubon, the State of Florida, and a panel of experts in conservation management. Annual reviews by Florida Audubon and the St. Johns River Water Management District will take place to assure compliance with the management plans.
The Plan is a model for sustainable forestry with an emphasis on protecting natural areas of regional significance as well as critical wildlife habitat. The Farmton lands are a keystone property for achieving regional wildlife conservation and connectivity. It is habitat for black bears and bobcats and provides nesting areas for bald eagles as well as swallowtail kites.