Florida

Florida’s wildlife action plan is a major component of the Florida Wildlife Legacy Initiative, which seeks to conserve the state’s native wildlife and habitats through non-regulatory, voluntary, and incentive-based actions designed to create partnerships.

Florida’s Rich, Diverse Natural Resources

Florida’s vast array of native wildlife depends upon highly productive and often delicate natural systems that range from the tropical coral reefs of the Keys and the Everglades’ “river of grass” to the crystal blue waters of the natural springs and the quiet beauty of the rolling sandhills. In addition to supporting a diversity of fish and wildlife, Florida’s natural lands and waters attract 80 million visitors each year.

Taking Action to Protect Florida’s Wildlife Legacy

Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative is a comprehensive program to sustain Florida’s diverse array of native habitats for future generations through implementing Florida’s wildlife action plan, developing partnerships, and using funding sources effectively. The action plan identifies 974 animals and the actions needed to conserve them. A habitat-based approach categorizes the land into freshwater, saltwater and land systems totaling 45 habitat categories. By sustaining the health and integrity of these habitats, the broad array of wildlife and natural places within them are preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.