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FWC Seeks Public Comments for Species Conservation Measures

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on April 23, 2020

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking input on draft Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for eight species included in Florida’s Imperiled Species Management Plan.

The draft Guidelines and more information can be found at https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/wildlife/species-guidelines.

Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines are intended to provide information on rule requirements as they relate to permitting.  They also provide information on species range, survey methodology, and voluntary practices that can benefit the species.

The Commission is currently seeking public comments on draft Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for the following species:

  • Florida mouse
  • Gopher frog
  • Florida pine snake
  • Mangrove rivulus
  • Suwannee cooter
  • Lower Keys populations of: red rat snake, striped mud turtle, peninsula ribbonsnake
  • Florida pine snake (revision to current guidelines)

Webinars available during the public comment period

Key information included in the Guidelines will be presented at two public webinars.  The webinars also offer an opportunity to ask questions.  Each webinar will offer the same information.  Participation in the webinar will require access to a computer AND access to a telephone. Those that do not have computer access can listen in on the phone. 

Webinars are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Friday, May 8th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm (ET)
  • Monday, May 11th from 10:00am to 12:00pm (ET)

Information on how to join the webinars is available at https://myfwc.com/media/23431/ismp-webinar-announcement.pdf

How to Comment on FWC Species Draft Conservation Guidelines

Draft guidelines are available online at: https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/wildlife/species-guidelines

Written comments will be accepted between April 20th and May 20th, 2020.  Please email comments (using Adobe’s comment feature or in the body of an email) to [email protected]

If you would like to comment but are unable to do so in the specified timeframe, or if you require an alternate format in which to comment or review the draft Guidelines, please contact [email protected].

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