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Florida Panther
Recovery Implementation Team
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In 1967, the Department of the Interior listed the Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi) as an endangered species. Over the last 30 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has worked closely with the State of Florida, as well as Federal agencies and private partners to make significant progress toward Florida panther recovery. However, considerable work remains to be accomplished in order to realize the recovery criteria specified in the latest Florida Panther Recovery Plan (Plan). Recently, several new opportunities and ideas to foster panther recovery have come to our attention. To take advantage of and begin implementing these new possibilities, the Service has decided to form a new Florida Panther Recovery Implementation Team (Implementation Team).

The Implementation Team consists of members representing the Service, National Park Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and other stakeholders, with a mandate to facilitate those recovery activities most needed to progress toward the recovery goals identified in the Plan. Once it has identified the priority recovery actions that it will address, the Implementation Team will draw upon technical experts both within and outside of their respective organizations to develop the detailed plans and methods to accomplish those actions.

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Team Members

Team Leader: Larry Williams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Team Liaison: Dawn Jennings, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Robin Boughton, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Ron Clark, Big Cypress National Preserve

Kipp Frohlich, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Kevin Godsea, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Todd Hallman, Florida Sportsmen’s Conservation Association; Florida Sportsmen Trust Group

Tom Jones, Barron Collier Companies

Laurie MacDonald, Defenders of Wildlife

Lindsey Wiggins, Florida Cattlemen’s Association

 

SubTeams

Transportation

 

Meetings

Meeting Dates/Agenda
Meeting Type
Handouts/Presentations
Notes
December 10, 2014

Recovery Team
October 28, 2014

Population Estimation Public Workshop How to Count Panthers
Using Count Data to Provide Panther Population Numbers
Using Road Kill Data to Provide a Panther Population Estimate with Statistical Confidence
Monitoring the Florida Panther Population with Remote Cameras
Current Studies: Addition Lands
Assessing Panther Densities on Private Lands

Notes
October 27, 2014

Recovery Team Payment for Ecosystem Services Concept Paper Draft (10/22/2014)

Notes
July 22-23, 2014

Recovery Team Florida Panther RIT Action Items (5/29/2014)
Florida Panther RIT Action Items Accomplished (5/29/2014)
Florida Panther Decision Matrix (revised 6/25/2014)

Notes
June 3, 2014

Recovery Team Notes
May 22, 2014

Panther Forum Draft Florida Panther Alternative Options Matrix
Draft Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) Concept Paper
Florida Panther Status Presentation
Payment for Ecosystem Services Concept Presentation
Recovery Team Priority Actions Presentation
USFWS Alternative Options North of the Caloosahatchee River Presentation

May 14, 2014

Recovery Team Notes
May 6, 2014

Recovery Team Notes
March 14, 2014

Recovery Team Notes
January 28-29, 2014

Recovery Team Florida Panther RIT Action Items (11/20/2013)
Florida Panther RIT Action Items Accomplished (11/20/2013)
Defenders of Wildlife 2013 Florida Panther Identification Guide
Florida Panther RIT Action Items (10/24/2013)

Notes
October 22-23, 2013

Recovery Team Florida Panther RIT Action Items Accomplished (10/24/2013)
Florida Panther Research and Monitoring Projects (11/13/2013)
Statement on Estimating Panther Population Size (12/00/2010)
Structuring Incentives to Potect Panthers and Panther Habitat on Private Lands (10/1/2013)
Human Dimensions of Carnivore Conservation (01/12/2010)

Notes
August 20-21, 2013

Recovery Team Florida Panther Decision Matrix (revised 9/23/2013)
Florida Panther Research and Monitoring Projects (10/21/2013)
Conservation Incentives Toolkit (7/21/2008)
List of Landowner Incentive Programs
Private Lands Incentives Summary for LCC (8/2013)

Notes

Please send any questions concerning Florida Panther Recovery Implementation to the following email address: pantherrecovery@fws.gov.
Last updated: December 12, 2014
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