North Florida Ecological Services Office
Southeast Region

Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program
Florida Goals and Project Prioritization

Meeting the needs for a diversity of species, habitats, and landowners...

Florida encompasses incredible ecological diversity. It has ten distinct ecoregions with habitats ranging from coastal estuary to desert scrub. These habitats support over 130 endangered and threatened species, several unique plant communities, and a variety of economic and land-use considerations. We have lots of opportunity with nearly 18 million acres of private lands in Florida. Our partners are varied: family-owned farms or ranches; industrial and non-industrial forests; small landowners; dairy operations; and many others. The PFW program in Florida recognizes the unique issues involved in working to restore habitats in these varied climates and recognizes the unique landowner needs that are a reality for making our projects work.

Emphasis on Developing Quality Projects

Projects that restore habitat for or reduce threats to at-risk species will be given priority. In addition to currently listed species, Florida has more than 130 species that have been petitioned for listing. By improving habitat and reducing threats, the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program aims to avoid or remove the need to list species for federal protection. To achieve this goal the Partners program in Florida has been focused on the restoration of longleaf and upland pine systems, scrub, dry prairie, wetlands, stream and riparian habitats. Nearly all of the listed, proposed, and candidate animal species in Florida rely on one or more of these habitats.

General Project Criteria

Proposed projects will be ranked based on potential benefits to listed or at-risk species habitat, as well as proximity and/or connectivity to conservation lands or areas of known populations of listed or at-risk species. Funded projects will meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Benefit to listed or at-risk species;
  • Implements priority tasks in an established management, recovery, or restoration plan; and/or
  • Provides long term protection of property.

Other Factors Considered in Funding Projects

Additional desired criteria include:

  • Benefits to other FWS trust species, species of concern, or migratory birds;
  • Proximity to National Wildlife Refuge property and compliments formal objectives of Refuge;
  • Builds new partnerships in key resource area;
  • Leverages resources (i.e. good dollar for dollar match);
  • Good price per acre for project;
  • Documented need for restoration;
  • Results in a self-sustaining system not dependent on artificial structures;
  • Provides educational or public outreach potential;
  • Collaboration with state fish and wildlife and other partners;
  • Reduces habitat fragmentation;
  • Restores globally or nationally imperiled habitat type;
  • Benefits multiple priority species;
  • Current and future adjacent land use is compatible with restoration; and
  • Long term oversight / management capability.

Other Factors Considered in Funding Projects

The maps below indicate locations of focal areas based on habitat. A partial list of at-risk species found in each focal area is provided in the tables below. Information on habitat, life history, and location for each species is available by clicking on the Common Name. For a more comprehensive list of at-risk species by county or HUC 8 watershed you can visit the NatureServe on-line map viewer.

Terrestrial Focal Areas

Longleaf and Upland Pine and associated Forested and Herbaceous Wetlands Species

Animals

 

 

Scientific Name

Common Name

U.S. Endangered Species Act Status

Ambystoma cingulatum

Frosted Flatwoods Salamander

LT: Listed threatened

Drymarchon couperi

Eastern Indigo Snake

LT: Listed threatened

Eurycea wallacei

Georgia Blind Salamander

Petitioned

Gopherus polyphemus

Gopher Tortoise

Petitioned

Heterodon simus

Southern Hog-nosed Snake

Petitioned

Lampropeltis extenuata

Short-tailed Kingsnake

Petitioned

Lithobates capito

Gopher Frog

Petitioned

Notophthalmus perstriatus

Striped Newt

C: Candidate

Picoides borealis

Red-cockaded Woodpecker

LE: Listed endangered

Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus

Florida Pinesnake

Petitioned

Plants

 

 

Scientific Name

Common Name

U.S. Endangered Species Act Status

Balduina atropurpurea

Purple Balduina

Petitioned

Clitoria fragrans

Sweet-scented Pigeonwings

LT: Listed threatened

Conradina glabra

Apalachicola False Rosemary

LE: Listed endangered

Coreopsis integrifolia

Ciliate-leaf Tickseed

Petitioned

Croton elliottii

Elliott's Croton

Petitioned

Harperocallis flava

Harper's Beauty

LE: Listed endangered

Hartwrightia floridana

Florida Hartwrightia

Petitioned

Hypericum lissophloeus

Smooth-barked St. John's-wort

Petitioned

Lindera melissifolia

Pondberry

LE: Listed endangered

Lobelia boykinii

Boykin's Lobelia

Petitioned

Rhexia salicifolia

Panhandle Meadowbeauty

Petitioned

Rhododendron chapmanii

Chapman's Rhododendron

LE: Listed endangered

Salix floridana

Florida Willow

Petitioned

Schwalbea americana

Chaffseed

LE: Listed endangered

Spigelia gentianoides

Gentian Pinkroot

LE: Listed endangered

Thalictrum cooleyi

Cooley's Meadowrue

LE: Listed endangered

Warea amplexifolia

Wide-leaf Warea

LE: Listed endangered

Aquatic Focal Area Watersheds

Animals

 

 

Scientific Name

  Common Name

U.S. Endangered Species Act Status

Ambystoma cingulatum

Frosted Flatwoods Salamander

LT: Listed threatened

Eurycea wallacei

Georgia Blind Salamander

Petitioned

Medionidus penicillatus

Gulf Moccasinshell

LE: Listed endangered

Mycteria americana

Wood Stork

LE: Listed endangered

Pleurobema pyriforme

Oval Pigtoe

LE: Listed endangered

Procambarus pictus

Black Creek crayfish

Petitioned

Plants

 

 

Scientific Name

  Common Name

U.S. Endangered Species Act Status

Lindera melissifolia

Pondberry

LE: Listed endangered

Thalictrum cooleyi

Cooley's Meadowrue

LE: Listed endangered

 

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Last updated: November 20, 2019