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Florida's State Wildlife Action Plan Implementation Goals

Webinar and Feedback Opportunity for New, Draft State Wildlife Action Plan Implementation Goals

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The FWC’s Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section of the Division of Habitat and Species Conservation would like your input on new, draft State Wildlife Action Plan Implementation Goals (below). These new goals will guide implementation for the next five State Wildlife Grant funding cycles, with the first cohort of projects beginning in 2024. Interested parties can send feedback on the draft goals to Imperiled@MyFWC.com through July 13, 2022, or reach out to that email address for more information. 

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Staff will present a webinar for partners on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 2 p.m. EDT.  The webinar will provide more information on the goal development process and provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions and provide feedback on the draft goals.

To join the webinar, you can join on your computer or mobile app or call in at +1 850-270-2928, Phone Conference ID: 874 395 573#.

DRAFT IMPLEMENTATION GOALS FOR FLORIDA’S STATE WILDLIFE ACTION PLAN

Ecosystem Quality, Extent, and Connectivity 

Goal: Improve the quality, extent, and connectivity of Florida’s ecosystems for the benefit of Species of Greatest Conservation Need. 

Objective 1: Complete 5 research, monitoring, or coordination projects that improve the management of focal areas.   

Objective 2: Complete improvements on lands and in waters directly or indirectly affecting focal areas, including:  

  1. 100,000 acres of prescribed fire or fire-related management activities.  
  2. 1,000 acres of riparian, wetland, and adjacent buffer habitat improvements. 
  3. 3,000 linear feet of shoreline-related and riparian improvements. 

Focal areas include those identified by regional landscape conservation efforts (e.g., Connect, Collaborate, Conserve [C3]), regional assessments, the State Wildlife Action Plan, and/or priority habitat of sandhill, scrub, pine rockland, forested and non-forested wetlands, rivers and streams, and intertidal (mangrove, oyster reefs, salt marshes, tidal flats). 

Species Viability and Resilience 

Goal: Improve the viability or resilience of Species of Greatest Conservation Need through informed management action that supports implementation of landscape conservation.  

Objective 1: Conduct research, monitoring, or coordination efforts that can be applied to improve the management of at least 8 SGCN.  

Objective 2: Implement management projects that increase populations (locally or statewide) or address threats of at least 8 SGCN.   

Current Implementation Goals

Florida’s State Wildlife Action Plans sets goals and measurable objectives for implementing the plan. Successful and long-term conservation of Florida’s natural resources will require the combined activity of the FWC and many partners in other agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals in both the public and private sector. Partnerships need to be multidimensional – with partners contributing in numerous ways including expertise, financial and in-kind support, political strength, public support, communications and policy development. Implementation Goals direct the use of FWC resources, including State Wildlife Grants, and provide opportunities for partners to align conservation priorities to conserve Florida's fish and wildlife. Florida’s Wildlife Diversity Conservation section revises the State Wildlife Action Plan along with the Implementation Goals approximately every five years. Regular updates allow for integration of new information, evaluation of priorities, and opportunity to engage with partners. This adaptive framework allows FWC and citizens to assess, learn from, and modify the Action Plan.

Implementation Goals target high priority needs that have a significant impact to the state’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need. While the objectives of each Implementation Goal measure a specific management action, they will lead to an even more significant conservation benefit in the long term as conservation actions have expanded benefits through indirect and long-term impacts. For example, decreasing erosion at a single point in a river can improve habitat in multiple ways at downstream locations. 

The following Implementation Goals and objectives will be achieved through five State Wildlife Grant funding cycles. 

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Research & Monitoring

Produce research and monitoring results that will improve management of Species of Greatest Conservation Need and their habitats.

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Marine & Estuarine Enhancement

Improve marine and estuarine habitat quality for the benefit of Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

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Terrestrial Habitat Integrity

Improve and maintain the quality of upland habitats for the benefit of Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

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Aquatic Habitat Resiliency

Improve aquatic ecosystem habitat quality and connectivity for the benefit of Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

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