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Pre-development land cover and hydrography are becoming increasingly important to plan restoration activities, review historical extent of wetland and upland communities, develop Total Maximum Daily Loads, as well as provide supplemental hydrologic data to set State of Florida mandated Minimum Flows and Levels for surface waters. A pre-development land cover and hydrography dataset were generated for the Southwest Florida Water Management District for the Peace Creek and Lake Wales Ridge Basins in Polk and Highlands County, Florida. The intent was to generate datasets that depict land cover and hydrologic conditions prior to the 1900s. The two main data sources used in this project were historical soil surveys and survey notes from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Survey and Mapping. These two datasets provide the most accurate and spatially specific historical natural resource data available. This presentation will discuss the approach and methodologies used to generate these datasets.