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Florida's State Wildlife Action Plan 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, with projects beginning in 2024.

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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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