Action Plan Implementation Goals: 2012-2018
- Action Plan Monitoring and Adaptation: Address landscape-level issues to enhance and evaluate implementation of the State Wildlife Action Plan and provide information necessary for adaptive management.
- Marine: To improve coral reef restoration and conserve marine SGCN through planning and research.
- Freshwater: Improve or maintain hydrologic conditions, water quality, or physical habitats for the support of SGCN in freshwater systems within high ranking basins.
- Terrestrial: Increase the use of fire management to improve upland habitat conservation to benefit Florida’s SGCN.
- Data Gaps: Acquire information necessary to conserve SGCN, to establish measurable objectives for these species, and to monitor achievement of the objectives for the species.
After the completion of the State Wildlife Action Plan (Action Plan) in 2005, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) worked with partners to set goals for implementing the Action Plan at 5-year intervals. Due to the self-imposed 5-year Action Plan revision schedule, the idea was to develop a new set of implementation goals reflective of the priorities identified in each corresponding Action Plan revision. At a minimum, these goals direct the use of FWC resources including State Wildlife Grant (SWG) funding. Ideally these goals will guide conservation efforts outside the realm of SWG, provide opportunities for partners to work together and help leverage resources to conserve Florida's fish and wildlife.
By updating the goals regularly we can engage in new priorities and work with partners in new ways to improve fish and wildlife communities and their habitats. Revised goals also help the FWC focus limited resources in areas of most need identified by the Action Plan to achieve larger, more concentrated conservation accomplishments. The ultimate goal is to conserve Florida’s native wildlife and habitats through non-regulatory, voluntary, incentive-based actions and partnerships. Partnerships are critical to successful implementation of the Action Plan because this effort is much larger than any one agency or organization can accomplish alone. We encourage your participation in implementing these goals and look forward to working with you.
From 2006 to 2011 the FWC and partners made significant progress on implementing the 2005 Action Plan goals (see Florida’s First Five Years of Action Plan Implementation). In 2011 the FWC reconvened partners to collaboratively develop revised implementation goals that would align with the first revision of the Action Plan (approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in 2012) and be utilized from 2012-2017. The 2012-2017 Goals have been extended through July 2018. An additional year was added to better align with the second, upcoming revision of the Action Plan.
FWLI has worked with staff and Goal Team members to alter objectives and, where appropriate, make them more challenging given the one year extension. Please click on the links above to see the objectives of each Implementation Goal.