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Florida Scrub-Jays

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Draft amended FL Scrub jay Recovery Plan Released as Service Announces Recovery Plan Revisions for 43 Species, To Assist in Measuring Progress and Addressing Threats

Additions part of comprehensive effort to ensure all Endangered Species Act recovery plans contain quantifiable recovery goals

As part of an agency-wide effort to advance the recovery of our nation’s most imperiled species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made publicly available draft revisions for 21 recovery plans that provide a recovery roadmap for 43 federally protected species [including the Florida scrub jay]. This batch of recovery plan revisions is part of the Department of the Interior’s Agency Priority Performance Goals. The effort calls for all recovery plans to include quantitative criteria on what constitutes recovery by September 2019.

We are requesting submission of any information that enhances understanding of the: (1) species’ biology and threats, and the (2) recovery needs and related implementation issues or concerns. We seek to ensure that we have assembled, considered and incorporated the best available scientific and commercial information into the draft recovery plan revisions

There is a 30-day comment period on the proposed revisions, ending on September 5, 2019. Submit comments and infromation to

Note: The Introduction of the draft plan amendments refers to Species Status Assessment (SSA) and Recovery Implementation Strategy (RIS) supplemental documents. These documents are not yet available and that reference was inadvertently left in the draft plan. The next steps include finalizing the draft SSA to incorporate peer review comments and other new information, develop a more detailed implementation strategy based on the high-level recovery criteria just published (essentially adding meat to the bones), completing a five-year status review, and finally revising the FSJ recovery plan to incorporate all of this new information.

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Draft Amendent Plan - PDF - 340KB Leaving this site icon

Maps of Focal Landscapes - PDF - 2.4MB Leaving this site icon

2007 Five-Year Status Reviews

Habitat Conservation Plan and Incidental Take Permit

Florida Scrub-jay Umbrella Habitat Conservation Plan

Complete FSJ Umbrella HCP/EA - PDF - 2.6MB Updated Icon 09/2014 [Table D1 updated]

Palm Bay, FL Issues

An Incidental Take Permit (ITP) was released to the City of Palm Bay, FL on April 19, 2007. If your property was within the city boundaries on or before November 6, 2003 you no longer need to contact the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Simply apply for a building permit through the City's normal permit process. This includes Port Malabar lot owners. Click here for Palm Bay Building Department contact information. (Current information as of April 20, 2007)

Regulations governing ITP and HCPs

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Last updated: November 20, 2019