Management Plans

Several single-species focused plans have been created under the listing process that was adopted by the FWC in 1999 and revised in 2005.  These plans now guide actions in Florida for gopher tortoises, bald eagles, Florida manatees, red-cockaded woodpeckers, peregrine falcons, Miami blue butterflies and flatwoods salamanders.

The FWC finalized the Imperiled Speces Management Plan, which covers 57 species, in 2016. One additional species (the Panama City crayfish) have a draft plan that is being finalized and three other state-listed species already have approved management plans (gopher tortoise, the Florida Black Bear, and Miami blue butterfly).

The listing status for species will not be changed until management plans are completed and approved for a species. FWC will re-evaluate Species of Special Concern in 2017 and 2018.


Species Guidelines  Adobe PDF

Final Florida Sandhill Crane Species Guidelines

Final Sherman's Fox Squirrel Species Guidelines

Final White-crowned Pigeon Species Guidelines

Final Everglades Mink Species Guidelines

Final Key ringneck snake Species Guidelines

Final Florida brown snake Species Guidelines

Final Florida Keys mole skink Species Guidelines

Final Rim rock crowned snake Species Guidelines

Resources  Adobe PDF

Balmoral Group Economic Impacts Assessment

Hazen and Sawyer Economic Impacts Assessment

Environmental Economics, Inc. ISMP Economic Assessment


Approved Management Plans


Imperiled Species Management Plan PDF

Bald Eagle PDF

Black Bear PDF

Florida Manatee PDF

Gopher Tortoise PDF

Flatwoods Salamander PDF

Peregrine Falcon PDF

Red-cockaded Woodpecker PDF

Miami Blue Butterfly PDF

Federal Recovery Plans PDF

FWC Facts:
Measuring up to 55 feet, an adult right whale can weigh 70 tons. A newborn right whale calf can measure 15 feet at birth and weigh 2,000 pounds.

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