Florida's Imperiled Species Management Plan
The Imperiled Species Management Plan was approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its November 2016 Commission Meeting, with rule changes in effect as of January 2017, including changes in listing status for 23 species.
This plan is an innovative, integrated plan for conservation, like none tried before in Florida. It is designed to conserve 57 fish and wildlife species over the next 10 years. It includes 1-page species summaries of the Species Action Plans addressing individual species needs and Integrated Conservation Strategies benefiting multiple species and shared habitats. The support and actions of Floridians are important to making this plan successful. The FWC drafted the plan with significant input from stakeholders and the public. Now that the plan has been approved, the FWC needs committed partners, both individuals and organizations. We encourage you to 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 a business, school or resident spreading education and awareness about how to protect species and restore habitats. Your participation is critical in making the Imperiled Species Management Plan a living document, one that delivers on its goals and actions to conserve these 57 Florida species for future generations.
8 Mammals are in the plan: Loss and fragmentation of its southwest Florida habitat are threats to the Big Cypress fox squirrel . Other mammals in the plan: Eastern chipmunk, Everglades mink, Florida mouse, Homosassa shrew, Sanibel rice rat, Sherman’s fox squirrel and Sherman’s short-tailed shrew.
21 Birds are in the plan: Improving the quality and amount of wading bird habitat in Florida will help the roseate spoonbill and other wading birds in the plan , including little blue heron, reddish egret, snowy egret, tricolored heron and white ibis. Other birds in the plan: American oystercatcher, black skimmer, brown pelican, Florida burrowing owl, Florida sandhill crane, least tern, limpkin, Marian’s marsh wren, osprey (Monroe County population), Scott’s seaside sparrow, snowy egret, snowy plover, southeastern American kestrel, Wakulla seaside sparrow, white ibis, white-crowned pigeon and Worthington’s marsh wren.
12 Reptiles are in the plan: The Florida pine snake shares upland habitats with pocket gophers, gopher tortoises and nine-banded armadillos, often using the other species’ underground burrows. Other reptiles in the plan: alligator snapping turtle, Barbour’s map turtle, Florida brown snake (Lower Keys population), Florida Keys mole skink, Key ringneck snake, peninsula ribbon snake (Lower Keys population), red rat snake (Lower Keys population), rim rock crowned snake, short-tailed snake, striped mud turtle (Lower Keys population) and Suwanee cooter.
4 Amphibians are in the plan: The Florida bog frog relies upon shallow, slow flowing watery habitat with plant diversity, maintained by natural or prescribed fires. Other amphibians in the plan: Florida bog frog, Pine barrens treefrog, Georgia blind salamander and gopher frog.
9 Fish are in the plan: The 1 and a half inch blackmouth shiner is among the smallest of Florida minnows and needs healthy riparian zones where streams and rivers meet land. Other fish in the plan: bluenose shiner, crystal darter, harlequin darter, Lake Eustis pupfish, key silverside, mangrove rivulus, saltmarsh top minnow and Southern tessellated darter.
3 Invertebrates are in the plan: While the colors of the Florida tree snail vary a lot, they are all the same species, found in South Florida on smooth-barked trees and shrubs such as gumbo limbo and sea grape.Other invertebrates in the plan: Black Creek crayfish and Santa Fe cave crayfish.
The full list of Florida's federally-listed species and state-listed species, including those 57 that are included in the ISMP, can be found in Florida's Endangered and Threatened Species List.
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.
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Thank you for your interest and support for listed species recovery in Florida.