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 the Florida Burrowing Owl. 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. The Commission is hosting public, open-house meetings at the following locations:

• June 14, 4 to 7 p.m., Cape Coral Public Library, 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33914.

• June 15, 4 to 6:45 p.m., Marco Island Library (Rose Hall), 210 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island, FL 34145.

• July 6th, 6 to 9 p.m., Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium Field House, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311

Stakeholders can provide written comments to Imperiled@myfwc.com, with “burrowing owl” in the subject line. There will be additional opportunity for comments once a draft guidelines document is produced. At this time, please focus comments on the development of guidelines for this species. 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 recieved 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 recomended practices.

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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