If there is an endangered species
on my property, are there restrictions on what I can do?
There may be. It is illegal to harm or harass an endangered
species. Harm includes destroying or modifying habitat fo
the species. Continuing your normal activities is no problem.
If you are planning construction work or other major changes,
it is best to check with our office before proceeding. You
will need a special permit from FWS and/or the state if
your work will harm a federal- or state-protected species.
Can I still grow pine trees for
silviculture purposes and help red-cockaded woodpeckers?
Yes. FWS has been working with private landowners in the
Southeast to provide guidance and management recommendations
that allow silviculture activities and conservation of red-cockaded
woodpeckers. Management work includes conducting certain
forestry activities outside the bird’s breeding season,
protecting the bird’s nesting tree cluster and using
other forestry activities that benefit forestry production
and the woodpecker, such as prescribed burning.
Where can I obtain information on
There are several sources. Please see our national endangered
species search engine. Information can also be obtained by contacting
Can I help in the recovery of endangered
species, and if so, how?
First, start out at home, by being a good land steward on
your property. Landscape using only native plants; they
benefit local wildlife and save you money because they require
less care and maintenance. Also support community involvement
in conservation of wetlands, bays, rivers, forests and coastal
habitats. Avoid using fertilizers and pesticides in locations
that can runoff to waterways or ditches. Maintain your septic
system regularly. These areas provide habitat for wildlife
species as well as enjoyable recreational opportunities,
drinking water supplies and economic benefits, including
tourism and some industry.
Is there money available to help
wildlife on my land?
There are opportunities for cost-sharing partnerships through
several federal programs. Assistance and information on
these programs are available through the Partners
for Fish and Wildlife Program.
Can I, and how do I go about importing
wildlife from outside the U.S.?
Contact the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Division for
referral to the proper authority in Atlanta or elsewhere.
What does the Gulf sturgeon look
like, and where does it live?
The fish is easily recognized by a row of bony plates, or
scutes, along the body. It can grow longer than 9 feet and
weigh more than 300 pounds. It has a suction-type mouth
located beneath its head. The Gulf sturgeon lives in the
northern Gulf of Mexico, bays, estuaries and in major rivers
in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. It is an
anadromous fish, migrating into freshwater from saltwater
Can you still fish for Gulf sturgeon?
No. The Gulf sturgeon is listed as a threatened species
by the federal government and a species of special concern
by the state of Florida. Recreational and commercial fishing
is prohibited by the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi
What federally listed species GIS
data layers are available?
We have several GIS layers available for some of our trust
resources (federally listed species and migratory birds).
This list will continue to grow through time as we develop
more data related to our trust resources. Please go to (coming
soon) for a list of available GIS layers.
How do I obtain available GIS data
Currently we are not set up to serve out the available GIS
layers via our website; we are looking to provide this service
in the future. In the meantime, please send an email request
to Lydia Ambrose listing the data layers you would like to receive
and the purpose for your request. We will respond to your
email request in a timely manner to coordinate the distribution
of the data.
Where can I find the GIS layers
for the critical habitat designations?
The GIS layers for the final Critical Habitat designation
for species’ in which we were involved are available
via the Service’s Critical
Habitat Portal. This portal maintains final Critical
Habitat designation for federally listed species throughout
the United States. For proposed designations being developed
in our office, please email the Panama City Field Office
with a GIS
Data Request, and indicate which species you need.