Issues and Policies

This site contains information regarding the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) agency policies, positions or guidelines (APGs) that help to address certain conservation issues. The following is a listing of some conservation issues affecting the people and programs of FWC. In most cases, conservation issues need to be addressed by developing some form of guidance, either for FWC employees, the affected public citizens' groups, or both.

What is a Conservation Issue? - An issue is a problem or opportunity of concern to the agency, affecting or related to an agency program or resource. Issues may form the bases for agency policies and/or positions. [An example of an issue would be establishment & maintenance of feral cat colonies on public conservation lands.]

What is a Policy? - A policy is a formally-recognized (approved), definitive statement, broad in reach and long-term in scope, addressing how the Agency conducts its business. Policies should be available to all employees via the Intranet, and should be approved via the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and the Office of the Executive Director (OED). Most policies should be announced to the Commission, or be approved by the Commission, and should be documented in the Commission minutes. [An example would be a statewide policy on restoring natural habitats. Another would be a comprehensive policy regarding the dispensation of nuisance animals.]

What is a Position Statement? - A position statement is a formal or semi-formal, specific, definitive statement that is limited in scope, and may or may not be an outgrowth of an FWC policy. Position statements may be documented in several ways, including letters, memoranda, reports, or other communications, and may come from the most appropriate level within the agency (e.g., a Program or Office). [An example would be an agency position statement on the disposition of Rodman Reservoir.] Note: Agency positions should always be coordinated by the Office of Policy and Stakeholder Coordination (OPSC) through the SLT and OED when they affect public perception of the agency, or when they might be in conflict or disagreement with another program or office of the agency.

What are Guidelines? - Guidelines are internal or external instructions governing how individuals should comport themselves with regard to some issue or resource. Guidelines may interpret policies or position statements, or they may be independent of them. Guidelines may originate from any level within the agency, but generally are prepared at some supervisory level in order to guide the actions of subordinate employees, or to offer suggestions on comportment to citizens with regard to a resource-related issue. [Examples would be "Guidelines for Resolving Crocodile Complaints" signed by Col. Brantly in April 1988, and the brochure entitled "Permanent Manatee Sign Information" (Revised August 2004).]

Contact Information:
Office of Strategic Initiative
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 S. Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

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