Programs of the FWC

Programs of the FWC"Programs of the FWC 2014-15" is available as a PDF file. Adobe PDF (3.05 MB)


From the Executive Director...

Dear Reader,

Every year we update the “Programs of the FWC” to lay out the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) structure that accomplishes its mission: “Managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.”

The FWC is always updating itself too, because we need to plan for opportunities and challenges we anticipate in years to come. Strategic planning helps us focus on priorities today that will position the agency for Florida’s future needs.

Fundamental to the “FWC Agency Strategic Plan 2014-2019” are principles and issues already a part of the fabric of FWC that will become key focal points for us as we address changing conditions  ̶  using our agency’s strengths  to make significant, long-term gains in critical conservation areas:

  • Ensuring sustainable wildlife and critical habitat.
  • Partnering with Florida’s residents, landowners and communities on conservation issues and the benefits that can be reaped by conservation and by offering incentives in management of wildlife habitat.
  • Keeping people connected to nature with related outdoor programs to expose them to the opportunities in Florida. Managing and maintaining access points for fishing, boating, hunting and wildlife viewing for all ages.
  • Building upon our programs that manage adverse human-wildlife impacts from native and nonnative species.
  • Expanding youth involvement in conservation. This has already been a priority but will be more so in the future as we expand the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network to create the next generation that cares about wildlife.
  • Implementing the Imperiled Species Management Plan for the species that need it the most, using integrated conservation strategies.

On these pages, you will learn about the divisions and offices that are working with our Commissioners to make it happen. We welcome the public’s help too, because public lands and our conservation work are a public trust. To see the strategic plan, go to

With regards,

Nick Wiley
Executive Director

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