Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines

Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines

Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines are being developed for all 57 species included in the Imperiled Species Management Plan. Completion of all Guidelines is anticipated by 2019, with the primary focus in 2017 and 2018 on state-Threatened species.  Guidelines approved in 2018 include the Florida burrowing owl, blackmouth shiner, saltmarsh topminnow, Barbour’s map turtle, Florida pine snake, Black Creek crayfish, Santa Fe cave crayfish, and Big Cypress fox squirrel.  Opportunities for public input will be available, so we encourage you to check back often.

The Commission is gathering public input for the development of Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines. These guidelines will outline biological background, recommended survey methodology, and recommendations for avoidance, minimization, and mitigation for this species. There will be multiple opportunities for the public to comment during the development of guidelines.

Stakeholders can provide written comments to Imperiled@myfwc.com, with species name in the subject line.  For questions or comments about permits, please visit our Protected Wildlife Permits page. To report a wildlife violation, please visit our Wildlife Alerts page. The FWC’s frequently asked questions provide additional information on protections and permitting for burrowing owls.

You can read answers to the questions we received at our open house burrowing owl meetings in June and July 2017.

These guidelines are intended to provide clear information on what the requirements of our rules in 68A-27.007, F.A.C as it relates to intentional and incidental take permitting. They also provide guidance on species range, survey methodology, and recommended practices.

Below are the guidelines that have been approved by the Commission.

Florida Burrowing Owl Guidelines Adobe PDF

Big Cypress Fox Squirrel Guidelines Adobe PDF

Florida Pine Snake Guidelines Adobe PDF

Barbour's Map Turtle Guidelines Adobe PDF

Black Creek Crayfish Guidelines Adobe PDF

Santa Fe Cave Crayfish Guidelines Adobe PDF

Blackmouth Shiner Guidelines Adobe PDF

Saltmarsh Topminnow Guidelines Adobe PDF

Florida Sandhill Crane Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Sherman's Fox Squirrel Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

White-crowned Pigeon Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Everglades Mink Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Key ringneck snake Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Florida brown snake Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Florida Keys mole skink Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Rim rock crowned snake Species Guidelines Adobe PDF


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