Imperiled Species

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 Adobe PDF.

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.

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The manatee is an endangered species - protected by state and federal law.

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