Imperiled Species Management Plan

Florida's Imperiled Species Management Plan

The Imperiled Species Management Plan Adobe PDF  was approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in November 2016, with rule changes in effect as of January 2017, including changes in listing status for 23 species. This innovative, integrated plan is designed to conserve 57 fish and wildlife species over the next 10 years. It combines Species Action Plans addressing individual species needs with Integrated Conservation Strategies benefiting multiple species and shared habitats. Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines are under development for all species in the ISMP. The guidelines are designed to inform users about voluntary conservation measures that can benefit species, clarify how rule requirements relate to permitting, and provide a biological context for understanding take.


ISMP News Releases, Photos:

ISMP Policies:

ISMP Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines:

Final Florida Sandhill Crane Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final Sherman's Fox Squirrel Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final White-crowned Pigeon Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final Everglades Mink Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final Key ringneck snake Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final Florida brown snake Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final Florida Keys mole skink Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final Rim rock crowned snake Species Guidelines Adobe PDF


How you can help: The ISMP, drafted with significant input from stakeholders and the public, still needs committed partners. You can get involved in helping this plan work – whether you are a volunteer citizen-scientist collecting data in the field, a private landowner conserving imperiled fish and wildlife on your property, or an organization, business, school or resident spreading education and awareness on conservation of species and habitats. Your participation helps make the ISMP a living document that delivers on its goal to conserve 57 species for future generations. 

The 57 species in the ISMP include:

8 mammals: Big Cypress fox squirrel (Threatened). Eastern chipmunk, (Delisted), Everglades mink (Threatened), Florida mouse (Delisted), Homosassa shrew (Species of Special Concern), Sanibel Island rice rat (Threatened), Sherman’s fox squirrel (Species of Special Concern) and Sherman’s short-tailed shrew (Threatened).

21 birds: American oystercatcher(Threatened), Black skimmer (Threatened), Brown pelican (Delisted), Florida burrowing owl (Threatened), Florida sandhill crane (Threatened), Least tern (Threatened), Limpkin (Delisted), Little blue heron (Threatened), Marian’s marsh wren (Threatened), Osprey, Monroe County (Species of Special Concern), Reddish egret (Threatened), Roseate spoonbill (Threatened), Scott’s seaside sparrow (Threatened), Snowy egret (Delisted), Snowy plover (Threatened), Southeastern American kestrel (Threatened), Tri-colored heron (Threatened), Wakulla seaside sparrow (Threatened), White ibis (Delisted), White-crowned pigeon (Threatened), Worthington’s marsh wren (Threatened).

12 reptiles: Alligator snapping turtle (Species of Special Concern), Barbour’s map turtle (Threatened), Florida brown snake, Lower Keys (Threatened), Florida Keys mole skink (Threatened), Florida pine snake (Threatened), Key ringneck snake (Threatened), Peninsula ribbon snake, Lower Keys (Delisted), Red rat snake, Lower Keys (Delisted), Rim rock crowned snake (Threatened), Short-tailed snake (Threatened), Striped mud turtle, Lower Keys, (Delisted), Suwanee cooter (Delisted)

4 amphibians:  Florida bog frog (Threatened), Georgia blind salamander (Threatened), Gopher frog (Delisted), Pine Barrens treefrog (Delisted)

9 fish: Blackmouth shiner (Threatened), Bluenose shiner (Threatened), Crystal darter (Threatened), Harlequin darter (Species of Special Concern), Lake Eustis pupfish (Delisted), Key silverside (Threatened), Mangrove rivulus (Delisted), Saltmarsh top minnow (Threatened), Southern tessellated darter (Threatened)

3 invertebrates: Florida tree snail (Delisted), Black creek crayfish (Threatened), Santa Fe crayfish (Threatened)

(NOTE: Delisted species still are included in the ISMP for guidance in monitoring and conserving them.)

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Under Article IV, Section 9 of the Florida Constitution,  the FWC has constitutional authority to "exercise the regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to wild animal life and fresh water aquatic life, and shall also exercise regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to marine life..." However, whales, manatees and sea turtles are managed under statutory authority granted by the Florida Legislature.

FWC Facts:
Turtles are ancient, shelled reptiles that have existed for 220 million years. Florida is home to 27 turtle species, 20 of which are freshwater turtles.

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