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"The expansive new challenges we face from environmental stressors such as climate change and increasing fragmentation of wildlife habitats demand that we take an adaptive, broad, landscape approach to our conservation actions." - Conserving the Future, Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation, 2011

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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    Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will manage for, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

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  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

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    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997: The NWRS Improvement Act defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges, and requiring that each refuge be managed according to a CCP. The NWRS Improvement  Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands and that the Secretary shall ensure that the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of refuge lands are maintained. Each refuge must be managed to fulfill the specific purposes for which the refuge was established and the System mission. The first priority of each refuge is to conserve, manage, and if needed, restore fish and wildlife populations and habitats according to its purpose.

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  • Orchid Conservation

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    In response to the immediate need for practical orchid species-specific conservation of Florida’s native Orchidaceae, the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (FPNWR), the University of Florida’s Environmental Horticulture Department, and the Illinois College Orchid Recovery Program have partnered to undertake the necessary research. This partnership blends the conservation practitioners from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with renowned academic orchid researchers from the University of Florida and Illinois College. Through investigations on orchid plant ecology, biology, propagation, pollination biology, and genetics, this conservation partnership has begun to establish effective and efficient means of orchid conservation using the orchid flora of the FPNWR as model systems. These model systems should be applied to orchid species and populations well beyond the borders of the FPNWR and southwest Florida.

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  • Everglades Restoration

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    The Water Resources Development Acts of 1992 and 1996 provided the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) with the authority to review the Central and Southern Florida Project. The Corps was asked to develop a comprehensive plan to restore and conserve south Florida's natural ecosystem while enhancing water supplies and maintaining flood protection.

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  • Florida Panther Recovery Plan

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    Panthers are wide ranging, secretive, and occur at low densities. They require large contiguous areas to meet their social, reproductive, and energetic needs. Panther habitat selection is related to prey availability (i.e., habitats that make prey vulnerable to stalking and capturing are selected). Dense understory vegetation provides some of the most important feeding, resting, and denning cover for panthers. Telemetry monitoring and ground tracking indicate that panthers select forested habitat types interspersed with other habitat types that are used in proportion to their availability.  Limiting factors for the Florida panther are habitat availability, prey availability, and lack of human tolerance.  Habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation is the greatest threat to panther survival, while lack of human tolerance threatens panther recovery.

    2008 Panther Recovery Plan