FWC to hold meetings on coastal conservation
Friday, October 07, 2011
Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC)
Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative is holding public meetings
in Crystal River on Oct. 20 and 21 and in Perry on Oct. 24 and
The Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative is a new,
comprehensive strategy for approaching wildlife conservation issues
in the coastal areas of Florida.
Those with interests or a stake in coastal issues in Levy,
Citrus, Hernando, or Pasco counties are encouraged to attend one of
the Crystal River meetings. Those in Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor and
Dixie counties are encouraged to attend one of the Perry
The FWC will hold a morning and evening session in each
location. Both will cover the same topics. Participants can attend
whichever is most convenient.
The meetings in Crystal River will be at the Crystal River
Preserve State Park, 3266 North Sailboat Ave. The Oct. 20 session
is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and the Oct. 21 session is from 9 a.m.
The meetings in Perry will be at the UF-IFAS Taylor County
Extension, 203 Forest Park Drive. The Oct. 24 session is from 5:30
to 8:30 p.m., while the Oct. 25 session is from 9 a.m. to noon.
Attendees are asked to
register online in advance of the meetings by going to
MyFWC.com/Conservation and selecting "Coastal Wildlife" under
FWC staff will present an overview of the initiative and its
partnership strategy and ask attendees to identify pressing coastal
conservation issues in their area. Staff will discuss gaps in
research, education, management and regulation that stand in the
way of resolving those issues.
"The CWCI's vision is to ensure the long-term conservation of
native wildlife in balance with human activities in coastal
ecosystems throughout Florida," said Blair Hayman, Coastal Wildlife
Conservation Initiative coordinator.
"There are critical, immediate, as well as long-standing coastal
wildlife conservation issues that could be addressed more
effectively through the cooperative efforts of a partnership rather
than by individual agencies or entities," she said.
For more information on the Coastal
Wildlife Conservation Initiative visit MyFWC.com/Conservation
or contact Blair Hayman, at 386-758-0525 or Blair.Hayman@MyFWC.com.