Our Goals have been expanded and updated!
In 2006, Florida's Wildlife Legacy Initiative worked with
partners to identify 5 implementation Goals to guide our efforts
during 2007-2009. These Goals were based on the statewide actions
and the 18 priority habitats in the Florida's Strategic Vision
chapter of the State Wildlife Action Plan (Action Plan, previously
the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy). Since the Action
Plan is a document owned by the conservation community of Florida
and not just FWC, we identified Goals that are shared among FWC and
In 2009 we reviewed these Goals and discussed changes to the
Goals with FWC staff and partners similar to the 2006 effort. The
major change will be to add two years duration to the
implementation of our original Goals, carrying them through 2011.
Though we have made significant progress on these Goals, there is
more work to be done. In addition, this would align with the
schedule in the Action Planfor a 5-year timeframe for review of
In addition to continuing our current Goals through 2011, Goal
One has been updated to include two new important components:
Climate Change and the Coastal Wildlife Conservation Initiative.
These are both recognized as emerging issues that cover multiple
habitats and require a statewide cooperative effort between FWC and
Goals 2009 - 2011
- Florida's Wildlife Legacy Initiative Coordination and
Goal - Use Florida's Wildlife Legacy Initiative
framework to coordinate natural resource conservation by (1)
implementing and revising the State Wildlife Action Plan, (2) developing
and maintaining partnerships, (3) managing the State Wildlife Grants
Key activities include developing a proactive management system
that identifies Climate Change issues important to wildlife
conservation in Florida and integrate with the Coastal Wildlife
Conservation Initiative (CWCI) to create an effective partnership
to address wildlife conservation needs.
Objective 1 - By the end of 2011, revise the
State Wildlife Action Plan.
Objective 2 - By July 2011, establish the CWCI
standing team, composed of leadership from FWC, state agencies,
partners and stakeholders. Explore the establishment of a
memorandum of understanding to define the responsibilities and
commitments of the participants.
Objective 3 - By July 2011, incorporate Climate
Change Work Group strategies into Florida's Wildlife Action Plan
that will address the threat of climate change to fish and wildlife
resources in Florida.
- Performance Measures
Goal - Enhance performance measure monitoring of
priority species and habitats by developing a tracking system for
species and habitats identified in the Action Plan.
Objective 1 - Use Species Ranking System to
track species monitoring
Objective 2- Build upon the habitat monitoring
system by adding recommended performance measures as new data
become available and by developing a web-based reporting system for
each of the six priority habitats , and by 2012 use this system to
demonstrate and describe changes in habitat status since the system
was first implemented in 2009.
- Data Gaps
Goal - Obtain information on the life history,
status, trend, population dynamics, and management needs for SGCN.
gaps and projects that are filling them.
- Objective- By the end of 2011 obtain information on the life
history, status, trend, population dynamics, and/or management
needs of 45 SGCN with low or unknown status and declining or
- Evaluate whether progress on this objective can be tracked
through the decrease in action scores of SGCN within the Species
Ranking System from 2009 levels.
Goal - Facilitate habitat conservation efforts on
the following high priority habitat categories to improve their
health and resiliency and to achieve their long term ecological
- Cooperative Conservation Blueprint
Goal - Develop a GIS application that identifies the most
important cooperative conservation focal areas for Florida's
terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems. Merge the
various existing GIS planning applications in order to generate an
integrated land and water cover map for Florida. Make it
available on Arc IMS. Visit CCB page.
Objective 1 - By the end of 2010,
Develop a standalone Cooperative Conservation Blueprint consensus
vision that is used to help inform future land planning
Objective 2 - By the end of 2011,
draft incentives which encourage habitat conservation to be used in
conjunction with the Cooperative Conservation Blueprint.
The ultimate Goal is to conserve our native
wildlife and habitats through non-regulatory, voluntary,
incentive-based actions and partnerships. Partnerships built around
these areas are critical because this effort is much larger than
any one agency or organization can accomplish alone.