2011 Annual Update is now completed!
Coming Soon in 2012:
- User's Dichotomous Key
- Search Function
- Updated Content and Links
Please contact us if you have ideas for additional content
or would like to participate in our Working Group.
Conservation Planning Services (formerly known as Habitat Conservation Scientific Services) has the mission of providing science-based resource management recommendations and technical assistance to conserve and enhance Florida's natural habitats and their wildlife resources. Its staff collaborate with experts throughout FWC to in order to provide assistance and recommendations to private land owners, local governments and other government agencies, planners, developers, and environmental consultants on fish and wildlife resources that may be affected by different land uses.
To assist in this effort, FWC in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, with input from stakeholders and experts outside of the agency, developed the Florida Wildlife Conservation Guide: an online resource to facilitate effective land use planning, project design, and habitat management, with a focus on wildlife conservation. Its intended purpose is to provide an easy-to-find, easy-to-use repository of fish and wildlife life-history and habitat information, as well as wildlife conservation options.
The Guide offers professional and non-professional users a compendium of information, reference materials, and guidelines related to fish and wildlife, land use planning, and conservation. Private landowners can find information about various assistance programs available, including incentive-based mitigation and FWC's Landowner Assistance Program. Environmental consultants and developers can access FWC- and FWS-recommended species-specific survey protocols, habitat management practices, and guidance on wildlife-friendly site design. Staff of other government agencies can find wildlife-related protection recommendations and general expectations from FWC and FWS on minimization of impacts to wildlife and habitat mitigation options.
While the Florida Wildlife Conservation Guide is not intended to be a comprehensive resource, it does serve as a starting point for identifying fish and wildlife resource needs during information gathering and planning phases of land development, land use planning, and habitat management projects. It provides the best available, scientific information that can aid in ecologically-based and landscape-level land use planning.
As the Guide is a dynamic resource,check this website for future updates—occurring at least annually—and project notes as we continue to make improvements. Please join our mailing list to keep up-to-date on revisions and additions, and to share information related to its content and usage. Subscribe by sending an email to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.MyFWC.com, with a blank subject line and “subscribe FWC-GUIDE-L” in the first line of the message body (with no quotes or other text).