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FWC Requests Comments on First Draft of Imperiled Species Listing Changes

FWC Requests Comments on First Draft of Imperiled Species Listing Changes

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) seeks public input on the first draft of rules to revise Florida’s imperiled species listing process.

{sidebar id=1}The Commission directed staff at the June Commission meeting to revise the imperiled species listing process and other tools for managing imperiled species.

Dr. Elsa Haubold of the FWC has led the team that has studied the imperiled species listing process since December 2007, with the goal of creating a new process, understood and supported by the public. The draft rules are intended to focus efforts on conserving imperiled species rather than focusing on the listing designation of a particular species.

“We concentrated on how we manage the species to reduce, and hopefully eliminate, the risk of extinction for these rare species,” Haubold said. “It’s all about how we conserve species and not about what we call them. But we need the public’s help to make sure we get these rules right, and since these are drafts rules, they can be changed.”

Written comments via e-mail will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., July 24, at imperiled@MyFWC.com. FWC staff will consider input received from stakeholders and the public to revise the draft.  The revised draft rules will be presented at the Commission meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Howey-in-the-Hills. After the staff receives direction from the Commission in September, the public will again be asked to provide input to help create the final rules, which could be considered by the Commission at the December meeting.

Click here for a .pdf file of the draft rules.

This information originally published on July 14, 2009.

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