Goal: Improve or maintain hydrologic conditions, water quality, or physical habitats for the support of SGCN in freshwater systems within high ranking basins.

Objective 1: By 2018, assist partners to enhance hydrologic conditions, water quality, or physical habitats in 120 stream miles or complete at least 90 acres of wetland restoration within high ranking basins.

Description: The USFWS and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have recently completed several threats assessments on basins in the panhandle. alligatorhead.jpgThese assessments have identified key sites in need of restoration or improved management. In order to effectively focus conservation efforts, we will work with partners to develop plans for improving these sites and assist with project implementation. Impaired sites and potentials projects identified outside of these threats assessments would also be considered for funding.

Total Enhancement
High ranking enhancement basins exhibited high predicted 2060 urbanization, high known threats, and a high number of SGCN.

Total Preservation
High ranking preservation basins exhibited low predicted 2060 urbanization, low known threats, and a high number of SGCN.

Objective 2: By 2017, conduct a threats assessment of at least one high ranking enhancement (peninsular) basin.

Description: In stream threats assessments similar to the methodologies used by the USFWS and TNC are needed for enhancement basins. Conducting one of these threats assessments will identify key sites in need of restoration or improved management for future conservation efforts.

Highest Ranked BasinsObjective 3: By 2018, increase the length of adequate (≥ 30 meters wide) riparian buffer by 15 stream miles or conduct at least 200 feet of stream bank stabilization in high ranking basins.

Description: Riparian buffer zones are important for bank stabilization, reducing erosion, refuge for SGCN and filtering pollutants. We will work with public and private land owners to restore riparian buffers in high ranking basins.

From the Action Plan:

Visit the Internet Mapping Service (IMS) website to explore detailed, interactive maps of all FWLI habitat categories.

For more information, please contact Kevin Kemp or Thomas Kuhn.

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