Published: Sep 28, 2010 3:42 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 28, 2010 12:42 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The state is set to donate nearly 30,000 acres in South Florida to the federal government for the Big Cypress National Preserve.

The deal is on the agenda Tuesday for approval by Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet.

It also calls for the federal government to pay the state $4 million because Florida is providing more than its 20 percent share of the joint land acquisition project.

The Big Cypress borders the Everglades and is essential to its health.

Florida has spent $19 million and the National Park Service $56 million for a combined $75 million.

Crist and the Cabinet also are considering the addition of four projects to the priority list for the Florida Forever land-buying program.