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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 or Florida’s State Wildlife Grants Program please sign up for GovDelivery updates.

Draft SWAP Plant Addendum Public Comment Period

Staff from the FWC sought public input on a draft addendum to the State Wildlife Action Plan to incorporate 596 plant species into the state’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) list. Staff accepted public comment between November 13 and December 15, 2023, via online survey.

FWC staff also held a webinar providing an overview of the changes on November 30, 2023. 

Draft SWAP Plant Addendum

Webinar Presentation

FWLI Action Plan Cover

Available for Download in Two Formats

2019 Action Plan (ADA Accessible)

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

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

Key Changes

  • Takes an ecosystem-based approach to benefit more species and habitats, including Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), state and federally listed species, and declining common species.
  • Identifies short-term priorities and integrates them with long-term goals.
  • Focuses the new SGCN list on species with the greatest risk of becoming imperiled in the future and highlights actions to prevent their decline.
  • Adds a chapter focused on habitat, species, and Action Plan monitoring for measuring and evaluating our efforts.
  • Connects local and regional threats and actions with statewide conservation efforts.
Picture of an Eastern Spotted Skunk
  • Integrates climate-change throughout the plan, rather than including it as a stand-alone chapter to accurately represent the impacts of climate-change on all conservation efforts.
  • Develops a framework for conserving species that live or use urban areas or working lands allowing us to work cooperatively with partners to balance the needs of people and wildlife.
  • Provides a baseline resource for stakeholders state-wide to use for conservation efforts at all scales and serves as a framework for developing local conservation plans that tie into larger conservation efforts.
  • Creates an overarching wildlife conservation strategy for guiding FWC conservation actions.