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Florida's State Wildlife Action Plan

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Florida’s State Wildlife Action Plan (Action Plan, originally the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy) is a comprehensive, statewide plan for conserving the state's wildlife and vital natural areas for future generations. It outlines native wildlife and habitats in need, why they are in need and, most importantly, conservation actions for protecting them. Florida’s Action Plan is part of a nationwide effort by all 50 states and 5 U.S. territories to develop action plans and qualify for federal funding through the State Wildlife Grants Program.

To meet the intent of the State Wildlife Grants Program and to foster the Action Plan, FWC created Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative (Initiative). Through the Initiative, thousands of experts and stakeholders have participated and provided input for development and implementation of the Action Plan. These partners, including representatives from other state and federal agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals will be integral to meeting the conservation needs of Florida.

The 2019 State Wildlife Action Plan Approved

Florida’s 2019 State Wildlife Action Plan was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in October 2019. To receive updates on the Action Plan, Florida’s State Wildlife Grants Program, and other Legacy Initiative news please visit GovDelivery to sign up.

Download the 2019 Action Plan

Florida's 2019 State Wildlife Action Plan is a focused approach to conserving Florida's Species of Greatest Conservation Need and their habitats using streamlined criteria, prioritized conservation actions, and new habitat classifications. 

Florida's 2019 State Wildlife Action Plan Includes:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Florida's Ecosystems
  • Chapter 3: Wildlife in Urban and Working Lands
  • Chapter 4: Florida's Species of Greatest Conservation Need
  • Chapter 5: Monitoring Florida's SGCN and Habitats
  • Appendix A: Aligning FWC's Regional Assessments with the State Wildlife Action Plan
  • Appendix B: Florida's Conservation Actions
  • Appendix C: Threats to Fish and Wildlife: Integrating a Standard Lexicon for Biodiversity Conservation
  • Appendix D: Road Map to the Eight Required Elements
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Available for Download in Two Formats

2019 Action Plan (ADA Accessible)

Magazine-style version of Action Plan (not ADA accessible).

Key Changes

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  • This plan takes an ecosystem-based approach that will benefit a broad suite of species and habitats, including Species of Greatest Conservation Need, state and federally listed species, and common species in decline.
  • The plan clearly identifies short-term priorities while continuously tying those efforts back to long-term goals.
  • Ties local and regional threats and actions to larger statewide conservation efforts and vice versa.
  • The new SGCN list focuses on those species with the greatest risk of becoming imperiled in the future and actions to take to prevent their decline.
  • Climate change affects everything we do, so it’s now integrated within the plan instead of being a stand-alone chapter.
  • We can’t know if we are doing good conservation unless we measure and evaluate ourselves and our work, so there is now a chapter focused on habitat, species, and Action Plan monitoring.
  • Species that live or use urban areas or working lands for much of their life face unique challenges, but we also have unique opportunities to conserve them. We developed a framework for conserving these species and to work cooperatively with partners to balance people and wildlife.
  • Serves as a baseline resource that stakeholders across the state can use for conservation at small and large scales and as a framework for developing local conservation plans that tie into larger conservation efforts.
  • It serves as an overarching plan that aligns with other agency plans into a full wildlife conservation strategy.