FWC to hold meetings on coastal conservation
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Media contact: Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission's (FWC) Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative will
hold a forum in Cocoa on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The Coastal
Wildlife Conservation Initiative (CWCI) is a new comprehensive
strategy for how the FWC approaches conservation in the coastal
areas of Florida.
Two sessions will be held; each is open to the
public. Government agency representatives from Volusia, Brevard and
Indian River counties are invited to attend the forum session from
9 a.m. to noon. At the evening session, beginning at 6 p.m.,
stakeholders, nongovernmental organizations and the public are
invited to learn more about the CWCI and its vision. FWC staff will
outline the basic concepts behind the Coastal Wildlife Conservation
Initiative and then invite attendees to discuss the pressing
coastal conservation issues in their area and identify gaps in
research, education, management and regulation that are standing in
the way of solving those issues.
"The CWCI's vision is to ensure the long-term
conservation of native wildlife in coastal ecosystems throughout
Florida in balance with human activities," said Laura DiGruttolo,
CWCI coordinator. "We will address the immediate coastal wildlife
conservation issues, while still recognizing the importance of the
coast to Florida's economy and communities.
Both forum sessions will be held at the Brevard
County IFAS Extension Service, 3695 Lake Dr., Cocoa.
For more information on CWCI, call Laura DiGruttolo