Mucus Sample CoralObjective 2: By 2018, develop, expand and/or improve species and habitat monitoring systems, so that they may be used to more effectively evaluate SGCN and their habitats, evaluate the effectiveness of conservation efforts, and prioritize future efforts as part of an adaptive management process.


Species Monitoring

Description: All current SGCN will be incorporated into the NatureServe Conservation Status Assessment maintained by FNAI. The results of this effort, and past efforts to incorporate the original SGCN into the FWC’s Species Ranking System, will be analyzed in order to develop a plan for how to most effectively apply these tools to track the status and trends of SGCN over time.

NEW! In early 2015, the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) finished incorporating the 2012 list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) into the NatureServe Conservation Status Assessment system (State Wildlife Grant projectApplying NatureServe Conservation Status Assessments, Global and State Ranks, to Florida Species of Greatest Conservation Need). The following report provides the State and Global Conservation Status of each Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Florida.

FNAI Conservation Status Report Adobe PDF provides summaries of the NatureServe conservation status ranking information for the 2012 SGCN. To view the supporting information, please view the extended version of this report: FNAI Conservation Status Report – Supporting Information Adobe PDF


For more information, please contact Caroline Gorga.


Habitat Monitoring

Description: Available GIS layers will be used to provide basic, current status information on all terrestrial and marine habitat categories and priority freshwater basins for which data are available. We will work with partners to begin filling priority data gaps identified in the 2010 Statewide Habitat Reporting System (SHRS), and expand the SHRS to include additional habitat categories and freshwater basins beginning with, but not limited to, those prioritized in the Marine, Freshwater and Terrestrial goals below.

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Download the Statewide Habitat Reporting System 2010 report Adobe PDF.

For more information, please contact Caroline Gorga.


From the Action Plan

  • The species and habitat monitoring projects will build on the work completed during 2006-2011. To learn more about these projects, view the First Five Years of Action Plan Implementation Adobe PDF chapter.
  • See the Key Conservation Challenges section in the Introduction Adobe PDF for the basis of the Monitoring objectives.

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