Working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Together, we will connect lands and waters to sustain fish, wildlife and plants by being visionary leaders, bold innovators and trusted partners, working with and for people.
What We Do
Across North and North-Central Florida, we carry out the Service mission by:
- Protecting and recovering hundreds of federally protected species htroughout Florida,
- Gathering the best available scientific and commercial data for protected species to perform recovery actions,
- Support the National Wildlife Refuges located in Florida to preserve healthy habitats for wildlife and opportunities for public recreation,
- Supporting and conducting research on the health of Florida habitats,
- Consulting with state and federal partners on ways to balance the needs of wildlife with the needs of people,
- Conducting project reviews and consultations on certain public and private development activities to ensure they do not jeopardize the continued existence of listed species,
- Proactively pursuing opportunities to conserve species at-risk of becoming listed as threatened or endangered,
- Working with private landowners to restore, improve and protect fish and wildlife habitat on their lands, and
- Conversing with the American public about wildlife conservation via social media, educational programs, public hearings, and other forms of puiblic interaction.
The North Florida Ecological Services Office accomplishes the Service mission under three program focuses: Cooperative Conservation, (Species) Recovery and Listing, and Project Review and Consultation. Our efforts are guided by the Southeast Regional Priorties found here.