Updated Public Comment Period and Webinars for Imperiled Species Guidelines

via Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission invites you to review, submit comments, and listen in on webinars for Draft Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines for several State Threatened species:

  • Florida Burrowing Owl
  • Big Cypress Fox Squirrel
  • Florida Pine Snake
  • Barbour’s Map Turtle
  • Blackmouth Shiner
  • Saltmarsh Topminnow
  • Black Creek Crayfish

These guidelines will be available for public review and comment from October 13th, 2017 to November 27th, 2017.

You will be able to access the guidelines online at http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/imperiled/species-guidelines/ starting October 13th.

While the Imperiled Species Management Plan was passed in November of 2016 and many of the status changes went into effect in February 2017, staff have been working on the Species Conservation Measures and Permitting Guidelines to provide additional detail for these species. The Guidelines will contain information on biological background, recommended survey methodology, recommended conservation measures, avoidance of take, minimization and mitigation options.

 

We will offer 4 webinars to discuss the content of the guidelines and solicit feedback.  The webinars will all cover the same material but are offered at multiple times to accommodate a variety of schedules.

  • Monday, October 16th from 3pm to 5pm
  • Friday, November 3rd from 10 am to 12 pm
  • Tuesday, November 7th from 1 pm to 3 pm
  • Thursday, November 16th from 9 am to 11 am

How to comment on the draft guidelines

Option 1)     Use the comment tool in Adobe Acrobat to add comments to relevant sections of the document. Save the document and send it as an attachment to Imperiled@MyFWC.com.

Option 2)     Using page numbers and sections for reference, list your comments in the body of an email to Imperiled@MyFWC.com.

Option 3)     Request to comment on a copy of the documents in an alternative format by emailing Imperiled@MyFWC.com.

How to join the webinar

Step 1)          View presentation through Adobe Connect: http://fwc.adobeconnect.com/taxa_coordination/

Choose ‘Enter as Guest’ and type in your name to enter the webinar

Step 2)          Join the call:

Dial      888-670-3525

Code    703-646-4874 #

Thank you for your willingness to review these documents and provide feedback.  We look forward to partnering with you towards the continued conservation of imperiled species in Florida.

If you have problems downloading the guidelines or attending a webinar, please email Imperiled@myfwc.com.