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Impacts on Terrestrial Species and Ecosystems

A changing climate will drive changes in vegetation or habitat characteristics in terrestrial habitats including:

  • Some species seek to move, some species adapt and some go locally extinct.
  • Some species will lack appropriate corridors to move to more suitable habitats - this could eliminate a species or a portion of its range.
  • Some species will no longer have suitable habitat within their historic range in Florida.
  • Protected areas may no longer be suitable for many wildlife species or correspond to the most important wildlife habitat.
  • Normal seasonal fire events may change.