Habitat and Species Conservation

The core mission of the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation is to ensure healthy populations of all native species and their habitats on a statewide basis. The division integrates scientific data with applied habitat management for the purpose of maintaining stable or increasing populations of fish and wildlife. Integration efforts focus on the ecosystem or landscape scale to provide the greatest benefits to the widest possible array of fish and wildlife species. Accomplishing this mission requires extensive collaboration and partnering with local, state and federal agencies to maintain diverse and healthy fish and wildlife populations for the benefit of all Floridians and visitors. Direct benefits include ecological, economic, aesthetic, scientific and recreational benefits. This program provides:

  • aquatic habitat management for marine, estuarine and freshwater systems;
  • habitat management for terrestrial systems including public lands management;
  • land acquisition;
  • scientific support and assistance for habitat-related issues to private and public sector landowners and local, state and federal governments;
  • species management and recovery plan development and implementation;
  • exotic species coordination focused on prevention and control programs;
  • manatee, Florida black bear, Florida panther and sea turtle population recovery;
  • invasive plant management on public lakes, rivers and conservation lands.

Dr. Thomas Eason is the director of the Divison of Habitat & Species Conservation



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