The Revision Process
responsible for revising Florida's State Wildlife Action
The FWC is leading efforts to revise the Action Plan, and is
working with, and requesting input from partners, stakeholders and
the public throughout the process.
Who decides how
often the State Wildlife Action Plan is revised?
A federal mandate requires revision at a minimum of every
10 years, but the FWC chose to conduct revisions on the document
every five years.
Why revise the
State Wildlife Action Plan?
The FWC is making revisions to improve the effectiveness of the
Action Plan and the allocation of State Wildlife Grant funds. The
revision period also allows input on changes to the Action Plan
from partners, stakeholders and the public.
What changes will be made
to the document?
Efforts during the 2011 revision will focus on 1) improving the
Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) list, 2) incorporating
a chapter on climate change, 3) revising the approach to conserving
freshwater habitats, 4) including information on the first five
years of Action Plan implementation and 5) reducing redundancy, and
reorganizing to improve clarity and readability. In 2015, a
second phase of revision will continue to integrate climate change
into the document and revise the habitat categories and the
corresponding GIS information, threats and actions.
How will the
changes affect the State Wildlife Grants (SWG)
The criteria for prioritizing and funding SWG proposals are
based upon the State Wildlife Action Plan and related
implementation goals. Therefore, any changes to the Action
Plan have the potential to change the prioritization criteria and
SWG funding accordingly.
habitat category maps change and how?
During phase two of the Action Plan revisions, due to be
completed in 2015, a new land cover classification system for
Florida will be incorporated into the Action Plan along with new
GIS maps and revised threats and actions.
Currently, an interactive ARC
Internet Mapping Service is available to provide updated GIS
information concerning the current 45 habitats as new and improved
GIS data becomes available.
How can I get
involved with Action Plan revision?
As part of a longstanding commitment
to working with stakeholders, partners and members of the public,
the FWC welcomes your review, input and comments on the revised
State Wildlife Action Plan. Questions or comments concerning
the State Wildlife Action Plan revisions are welcome and can be
sent to ActionPlan.Revision@myfwc.com.
The draft document(s) will be posted here when it is completed and ready for
Your participation is key to ensuring that the Action Plan is an
effective tool for conserving Florida's diversity of wildlife
resources for future generations.
Florida accomplished since the initial creation of the Action
Since its inception in 2004, Florida's Wildlife Legacy
Initiative has worked with more than 100 partners to create
approximately 150 projects including habitat restoration, research,
surveying and monitoring, and other conservation projects on both
public and private lands. Data gathered from expanded survey
and monitoring efforts has helped manage populations of
invertebrates, fish, amphibians and coastal shorebirds.
Activities supported included prescribed fire teams, coral
monitoring and mapping, springs working groups and seagrass
restoration and monitoring. State Wildlife Grants provided
more than $18 million and were matched with resources from partners
and the FWC.