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Imperiled Species Management Plan

Florida's Imperiled Species Management Plan

The Imperiled Species Management Plan was approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in November 2016, with rule changes in effect as of January 2017, including changes in listing status for 23 species. This innovative, integrated plan is designed to conserve 57 fish and wildlife species over the next 10 years. It combines Species Action Plans addressing individual species needs with Integrated Conservation Strategies benefiting multiple species and shared habitats. Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines are under development for all species in the ISMP. The guidelines are designed to inform users about voluntary conservation measures that can benefit species, clarify how rule requirements relate to permitting and provide a biological context for understanding take.

Key Ringneck Snake

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How you can help: The ISMP, drafted with significant input from stakeholders and the public, still needs committed partners. You can get involved in helping this plan work – whether you are a volunteer citizen-scientist collecting data in the field, a private landowner conserving imperiled fish and wildlife on your property, or an organization, business, school or resident spreading education and awareness on conservation of species and habitats. Your participation helps make the ISMP a living document that delivers on its goal to conserve 57 species for future generations.

ISMP Policies

Fox Squirrel

The 59 Species in the ISMP

8 mammals: Big Cypress fox squirrel (Threatened). Eastern chipmunk, (Delisted), Everglades mink (Threatened), Florida mouse (Delisted), Homosassa shrew (Delisted), Sanibel Island rice rat (Threatened), Southern fox squirrel (Delisted) and Sherman’s short-tailed shrew (Threatened)

21 birds: American oystercatcher (Threatened), Black skimmer (Threatened), Brown pelican (Delisted), Florida burrowing owl (Threatened), Florida sandhill crane (Threatened), Least tern (Threatened), Limpkin (Delisted), Little blue heron (Threatened), Marian’s marsh wren (Threatened), Osprey, Monroe County (Delisted), Reddish egret (Threatened), Roseate spoonbill (Threatened), Scott’s seaside sparrow (Threatened), Snowy egret (Delisted), Snowy plover (Threatened), Southeastern American kestrel (Threatened), Tri-colored heron (Threatened), Wakulla seaside sparrow (Threatened), White ibis (Delisted), White-crowned pigeon (Threatened), Worthington’s marsh wren (Threatened)

Sandhill Crane Adults photo by Tim Donovan

14 reptiles: Alligator snapping turtle (Delisted), Apalachicola alligator snapping turtle (Delisted), Suwannee alligator snapping turtle (Threatened), Barbour’s map turtle (Threatened), Florida brown snake, Lower Keys (Threatened), Florida Keys mole skink (Threatened), Florida pine snake (Threatened), Key ringneck snake (Threatened), Peninsula ribbon snake, Lower Keys (Delisted), Red rat snake, Lower Keys (Delisted), Rim rock crowned snake (Threatened), Short-tailed snake (Threatened), Striped mud turtle, Lower Keys, (Delisted), Suwanee cooter (Delisted)

4 amphibians: Florida bog frog (Threatened), Georgia blind salamander (Threatened), Gopher frog (Delisted), Pine Barrens treefrog (Delisted)

FL Bog Frog
Pupfish Bass

9 fish: Blackmouth shiner (Threatened), Bluenose shiner (Threatened), Crystal darter (Threatened), Harlequin darter (Delisted), Lake Eustis pupfish (Delisted), Key silverside (Threatened), Mangrove rivulus (Delisted), Saltmarsh top minnow (Threatened), Southern tessellated darter (Threatened)

3 invertebrates: Florida tree snail (Delisted), Black creek crayfish (Threatened), Santa Fe crayfish (Threatened)

Black Creek Crayfish

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Under Article IV, Section 9 of the Florida Constitution,  the FWC has constitutional authority to "exercise the regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to wild animal life and fresh water aquatic life, and shall also exercise regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to marine life..." However, whales, manatees and sea turtles are managed under statutory authority granted by the Florida Legislature.