A New Conservation Model for Florida Species
Your Opportunity to Participate in the Imperiled Species Management Plan
Here is your chance to read, review and comment on the draft Imperiled Species Management Plan (ISMP) for wildlife species in Florida. This comprehensive plan addresses 57 species and identifies priority actions from each of the 49 Species Action Plans.
The comprehensive ISMP contains summaries of each Species Action Plan, Integrated Conservation Strategies, a Law and Policy Chapter, an Implementation Chapter, Review and Revision schedule, and Impacts Assessment.
Your input as a member of the public or stakeholder group is valued, because FWC staff will use your feedback to improve the draft Imperiled Species Management Plan.
The FWC has been working toward the development of the Imperiled Species Management Plan (ISMP) since 2012. FWC introduced draft Species Action Plans in 2013 and will release a draft Imperiled Species Management Plan in 2015 that will be the blueprint for conserving 57 species on Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species list .
We invite you to be part of the process. You have the opportunity to learn about these birds, fish, frogs, invertebrates, mammals and reptiles that contribute to keeping Florida’s natural areas functioning and alive. You will be able to read and comment on the Imperiled Species Management Plan.
The FWC adopted its new conservation model in September 2010 to evaluate the status of species listed as state-threatened or species of special concern. The process started with Biological Status Reviews (BSR), a health checkup for each species. With that step done, the next focus is to draft plans to manage these species through specific objectives and actions.
The species action plans will identify needed conservation actions, how to accomplish these actions and who will be involved. Following development of the species action plans, staff will look across all of the plans for common elements in order to develop more comprehensive conservation strategies. This step will help us identify priority needs and beneficial management for multiple species and habitats.
The species plans will then be combined with the conservation strategies to create a comprehensive Imperiled Species Management Plan for these 60 species on Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species List. This final plan will describe the overall approach for management, will include individual and multi-species strategies and actions, and will describe the coordination and partnership that is needed for achieving successful conservation for these species and many others.
Join and support the FWC in our quest to conserve Florida’s diversity of wildlife for future generations.
The FWC is committed to keeping these 57 species healthy in our growing state of more than 19 million people. We invite individuals and stakeholder groups to be part of the process!
Under Article IV, Section 9 of the Florida Constitution, the FWC has constitutional authority to "exercise the regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to wild animal life and fresh water aquatic life, and shall also exercise regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to marine life..." However, whales, manatees, and sea turtles are managed under statutory authority granted by the Florida Legislature.
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Thank you for your interest and support for listed species recovery in Florida.