The Urban Wilderness Advisory Committee (UWAC) was created by the Broward County Commission in 1977, with the intent and purpose of establishing an urban wilderness park system in Broward County consisting of designated wilderness areas set aside in permanent preserves, protected from incompatible human activity.
The UWAC currently has nine members from fields in biology, botany, physical sciences, zoology, environmental science, archaeology, history and hydrology. It’s function is to:
- Develop and maintain a list of the lands within Broward County that are suitable for designation as wilderness areas.
- Submit to the County Commission reports on those lands that should be given the highest priority for designation as wilderness areas.
- Submit to the County Commission reports on feasible methods for the acquisition of lands suitable for designation as wilderness areas.
- Formulate rules and regulations to govern the use of designated wilderness areas that may be adopted by the Commission.
- Promote and solicit bequests, donations, and contributions for the benefit of the Urban Wilderness Park System.
- Submit to the Commission an annual report and proposed budget.
- Review and comment on staff-developed resource management plans and master plans and periodically readdress resource management plans for modifications.
UWAB meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the second floor conference room at Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill.