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“We recognize that habitat conservation and restoration efforts go beyond the boundaries of the Refuge System and require partnerships.  We are committed to working with other programs throughout the Service and we look to new partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies, conservation organizations, and private landowners to achieve shared conservation goals.”  – Conserving the Future, Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation, 2011

  • Partners for Fish and Wildlife

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    The Partners for Fish and Wildlife program is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s most popular and effective program for voluntary citizen and community-based fish and wildlife habitat restoration activities.  The Partners program serves as a bridge to owners and managers of private lands to develop partnerships for the benefit of the Service’s Trust Species. Its approach is simple: Engage willing partners, through non-regulatory incentives, to conserve and protect wildlife values on their property. We do this by providing technical assistance and leveraging the funding support needed to make on-the-ground conservation affordable, feasible and effective.

    Learn how this program is benefiting fish and wildlife species in South Florida.

  • Florida Orchid Conservation Partnership

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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.

    Click here to learn more about valuable work these partners are doing. 

  • Interagency Panther Response Plan

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    An Interagency Florida Panther Response Team (Response Team) was established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), National Park Service (NPS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in 2004 to respond to human-panther interactions.  The Response Team developed the Interagency Florida Panther Response Plan (Response Plan) to provide guidelines for responding to human-panther interactions and conflicts.  Also included in the plan is an outreach strategy that provides goals and objectives for educating the public.  The Response Plan has been the guiding document for the Response Team since February 2005.  An Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Response Plan was finalized in October 2008.  The Environmental Assessment and Response Plan (Appendix C of EA) is available for download here.

  • Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP)

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    FISP was founded in September 2008 to determine the best ways to assist landowners with invasive plant species management on private lands and to coordinate efforts between invasive species control measures on private lands with those occurring on public lands.

    Learn more about the Florida Invasive Species Partnership. 

  • Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (SWFL CISMA)

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    A CISMA is a partnership of private landowners; homeowners; federal, state, and local government agencies; NGOs; vendors, contractors, consultants; and other interested groups that manage invasive species in a defined area. Our goal is to pool resources and expertise to protect and/or reclaim land that is over-run by invasive species and to expand our efforts across the landscape, rather than stopping at political or property boundaries.

    Learn more about the Southwest Florida CISMA.