Imperiled Species

A New Conservation Model for Florida Species

Your Opportunity to Participate in Species Action Plans


Here is your chance to read, review and comment on the draft species action plans for wildlife species in Florida. All 49 final draft plans are available for review.

Each of the plans contains biological background, conservation history, and the goal, objectives and specific actions proposed for conserving that particular species.

Your input as a member of the public or stakeholder group is valued, because FWC staff will use your feedback to improve the draft species action plans.

Beginning in 2013, the FWC is introducing draft species action plans followed by an Imperiled Species Management Plan that will be the blueprint for conserving 60 species on Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species list Adobe PDF.

We invite you to be part of the process. You have the opportunity to learn about these birds, fish, frogs, invertebrates, mammals and reptiles that contribute to keeping Florida’s natural areas functioning and alive. You will be able to read and comment on the draft species action plans for each species, as well as the imperiled species management plan.

The FWC adopted its new conservation model in September 2010 to evaluate the status of species listed as state-threatened or species of special concern. The process started with Biological Status Reviews (BSR), a health checkup for each species. With that step done, the next focus is to draft plans to manage these species through specific objectives and actions.

The species action plans will identify needed conservation actions, how to accomplish these actions and who will be involved. Following development of the species action plans, staff will look across all of the plans for common elements in order to develop more comprehensive conservation strategies. This step will help us identify priority needs and beneficial management for multiple species and habitats.

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FWC Facts:
Florida's only marsupial (a mammal having a pouch containing the mammary glands and serving as a receptacle for the young) is the Virginia opossum.

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