What is the purpose of the program?
The commission's Habitat and Species Conservation Program ensures healthy populations of all native species and their habitats on a statewide basis.
What services are provided by the program?
The program's services include
- coordinating nonnative species management and research to protect native species in Florida, focusing on prevention, early detection, and rapid response to introductions of nonnative species;
- developing and implementing species management plans for managing threatened species and implementing conservation programs that are designed to maintain Florida's unique wildlife diversity;
- directing, regulating, and distributing funds for the control of invasive plants on public conservation lands and in public water bodies for the protection of native plant and animal life, human health, safety, recreation, and property;
- implementing conservation programs for threatened species such as manatees, Florida panthers, and sea turtles to increase populations of these species;
- managing aquatic habitat for freshwater, estuarine, and marine systems to benefit the widest possible array of fish and wildlife;
- managing natural plant communities on public lands for diversity of wildlife species while providing quality recreational experiences;
- providing support and assistance for habitat-related issues to private and public sector landowners to inform and influence land and water use decisions affecting wildlife habitat management; and
- working in partnership with landowners to provide habitat for a diversity of species.
How does the program manage land for wildlife and recreation?
The program manages land through site-specific land management plans and practices. Habitat management practices include prescribed burning, treatments to control invasive plants, and restoring ground cover and hydrologic conditions. Recreational activities allowed on managed lands include hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
How much of Florida's critical habitat is protected?
Commission data indicate that in Fiscal Year 2018-19, 47.3% of habitat identified as critical for biodiversity was protected by the state through land acquisition, leases, conservation easements, management contracts, or partnerships with landowners and other agencies.
How are these activities funded?
Endangered and Threatened Species Management. The commission, in conjunction with its partners, is implementing Florida's threatened species management system. The commission conducted status reviews of all listed species and developed Species Action Plans that were summarized in the Imperiled Species Management Plan. This plan provides regulatory and conservation information for 59 species. Implementation of identified species conservation actions is underway, including voluntary conservation measures, permitting guidelines, and filling management and information needs. The commission approved permitting guidelines for 17 species during Fiscal Year 2018-19.
Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?
A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website
Where can I get more information?
What are the applicable statutes?
Whom do I contact for help?