Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines

Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines

Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines are being developed for all 57 species included in the Imperiled Species Management Plan. Completion of all Guidelines is anticipated by 2019, with the primary focus in 2017 and 2018 on state-Threatened species.  Guidelines under development in 2017 include the Florida burrowing owl, blackmouth shiner, saltmarsh topminnow, Barbour’s map turtle, Florida pine snake, Black Creek crayfish, Santa Fe cave crayfish, and Big Cypress fox squirrel.  Opportunities for public input will be available, so we encourage you to check back often.

The Commission is gathering public input for the development of Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for 8 species. These guidelines will outline biological background, recommended survey methodology, and recommendations for avoidance, minimization, and mitigation for this species. There will be multiple opportunities for the public to comment during the development of guidelines.

FWC will hold two public meetings to discuss Florida Burrowing Owl Guidelines in Broward and Lee Counties. These meetings are scheduled on the following dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, November 14 from 5-7:30 pm at the Broward County West Regional Library, Room 103, 8601 West Broward Blvd, Plantation, 33324.
  • Tuesday, November 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Estero Recreation Center, Room 103A, 9200 Corkcrew Palms Blvd, Estero, 33928.

The Commission will also hold four public webinars during the 45 day public comment period of October 13th to November 27th, 2017.  These webinars will cover the same information but are offered at different times to accommodate a variety of schedules. The webinars are scheduled for the following dates:

Monday, October 16th from 3-5 pm

Friday, November 3rd from 10-12 pm

Tuesday, November 7th from 1-3 pm

Thursday, November 16th from 9-11 am

How to join the Webinar:

Step 1) View presentation through Adobe Connect: http://fwc.adobeconnect.com/taxa_coordination/, Choose ‘Enter as Guest’ and type in your name to enter the webinar

Step 2) Join the call by dialing into 888-670-3525 and entering in 703-646-4874 # as the participant code.

Stakeholders can provide written comments to Imperiled@myfwc.com, with species name in the subject line.  For questions or comments about permits, please visit our Protected Wildlife Permits page. To report a wildlife violation, please visit our Wildlife Alerts page. The FWC’s frequently asked questions provide additional information on protections and permitting for burrowing owls.

You can read answers to the questions we received at our open house burrowing owl meetings in June and July 2017.

These guidelines are intended to provide clear information on what the requirements of our rules in 68A-27.007, F.A.C as it relates to intentional and incidental take permitting. They also provide guidance on species range, survey methodology, and recommended practices.

Below are the PDF and TXT versions of guidelines that are draft and in development for 2017-2018.

Draft Florida Burrowing Owl Guidelines Adobe PDF

Draft Big Cypress Fox Squirrel Guidelines Adobe PDF

Draft Florida Pine Snake Guidelines Adobe PDF

Draft Barbour's Map Turtle Guidelines Adobe PDF

Draft Black Creek Crayfish Guidelines Adobe PDF

Draft Santa Fe Cave Crayfish Guidelines Adobe PDF

Draft Blackmouth Shiner Guidelines Adobe PDF

Draft Saltmarsh Topminnow Guidelines Adobe PDF


Draft Florida Burrowing Owl Guidelines TXT

Draft Big Cypress Fox Squirrel Guidelines TXT

Draft Florida Pine Snake Guidelines TXT

Draft Barbour's Map Turtle Guidelines TXT

Draft Black Creek Crayfish Guidelines TXT

Draft Santa Fe Cave Crayfish Guidelines TXT

Draft Blackmouth Shiner Guidelines TXT

Draft Saltmarsh Topminnow Guidelines TXT


Below are the guidelines that have been approved by the Commission.

Final Florida Sandhill Crane Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final Sherman's Fox Squirrel Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final White-crowned Pigeon Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final Everglades Mink Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final Key ringneck snake Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final Florida brown snake Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final Florida Keys mole skink Species Guidelines Adobe PDF

Final Rim rock crowned snake Species Guidelines Adobe PDF


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