Conservation in Florida

Threatened, Endangered and At-Risk Species

        Bright red sunset reflected over water with silhouette of a wading bird.

        Florida sunset. Photo: Paul Lang, USFWS.

        Florida is a state rich in a natural diversity of plants, animals and ecosystems. Encompassing nearly 66,000 square miles, this state is home to a tremendous diversity of species that live in varied land and water habitats.

        In the hardwood hammocks near Key West, you might see the endangered Stock Island tree snail. In the surf at Fernandina, you could find three species of sea turtles that we protect, and in the dunes at Perdido Key, you could spot the burrows of Perdido Key beach mice. Along that route, you would cross about 15 major rivers with Spanish, Anglo and Native American names like Santa Fe, St. John’s and Choctawhatchee. Those rivers hold manatees, American crocodiles, Gulf sturgeon and many species of freshwater mussels.

        The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for managing the nation’s trust resources in Florida for the benefit of the American people. Using the best available science, we work to conserve and connect Florida’s ecosystems and habitats so that wild animals and plants can thrive.

        Fast Facts

        • The Chipola River watershed has 1,270 square miles of basin area, including the extreme southeastern corner of Florida and central panhandle of Florida. This diverse area of ecosystems is reflected in a high species-richness index. It harbors especially large numbers of fish, mollusks, birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, plant species, and many other taxa.
        • Florida supports one of the largest number of carnivorous plant species, nearly one-half of the orchid species found in North America and the most fern species in the continental United States.
        • The Florida Panhandle is considered one of the five richest biodiversity hotspots in North America.

        News

        1. Tree-like coral under what looks like snow from spawning coral.Mar 23, 2017

          Coral Reef Commons Draft Habitat Conservation Plan Available for Public Review and Comment

        2. A Florida panther walking on a gravel road with a slash pine forest in the backgroundFeb 22, 2017

          Florida Panther Population Estimate Updated

        3. Very sandy soil with sparse grassy vegetation and short palms.Oct 7, 2016

          Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Listing Four South Florida Plants as Threatened or Endangered

        4. A NC biologist holding a sicklefin redhorse on a river bank in front of a hydroelectric dam.Oct 6, 2016

          Endangered Species Act Protection Not Needed for Seven Southeastern Species

        5. Two dark gray mussels with striations on a red towel next to a ruler for scale.Oct 5, 2016

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Extends Protections to Rare Mussel in Suwannee River Basin

        6. A large, dinosaur like fish with ridges on its back and two small feelers extending from its mouth.Oct 5, 2016

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Biological Opinion for Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin

        7. An iridescent insect with many small hairs on its belly standing on leaf litter and sandy soilOct 4, 2016

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to List Miami Tiger Beetle as Endangered

        8. Very sandy soil with sparse grassy vegetation and short palms.Sep 28, 2016

          Fish and Wildlife Service Listing Four South Florida Plants as Threatened or Endangered

        9. A group of manatees swims near the surface of clear blue water.Sep 15, 2016

          Service Releases Access Plans for Three Sisters Springs for the Upcoming Winter Season

        10. A black salamander with gray spots.Sep 13, 2016

          Fish and Wildlife Service to Gather More Information On Two Rare Reptiles in the Southeast

        11. A small mouse white white belly and sand-colored back hides behind beach vegetation.Aug 30, 2016

          Fish and Wildlife Service Conducting Five-Year Status Reviews of 22 Southeastern Species

        12. A biologist holding a tiny loggerhead sea turtle with a USFWS biologist in uniform in the background.Jul 27, 2016

          UCF to Establish Permanent Sea Turtle Research Field Station on Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

        13. Small bird with dark olive-gray and the tail and wings are olive-brown.Jul 22, 2016

          Corps and Service Agree On Actions for Conserving Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow and Restoring Balance to Everglades Ecosystem

        14. Tiny dust-sized snails in a petri dish.Jul 5, 2016

          Federal protection of tiny snail not needed

        15. Small bird with brown and white feathering. Yellow feathering on its head.May 11, 2016

          First Captive-Bred Florida Grasshopper Sparrow Chicks Hatched

        16. Two ducks with large round, feathered heads in swirling blue water.Apr 7, 2016

          2016 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Student Art Competition Winners Chosen!

        17. A close up photo of a gray-silver salamander walking on a layer of wet moss.Mar 15, 2016

          Four Southeastern Species Do Not Require Federal Protection, Two Others Under Further Review

        18. A beautiful sunset on the water with three kayaks one with a dog on board.Feb 18, 2016

          Do Me a FAVOR: Friends And Volunteers of the Refuges are Critical Link in Wildlife Conservation

        19. A beautiful sunset on the water with three kayaks one with a dog on board.Feb 9, 2016

          Go Wild in the Florida Keys: Outdoor Fest Offers Four Days of Fun in Four Wildlife Refuges

        20. Bright red and yellow flowers emerge from a spiky cactus.Jan 21, 2016

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Designates Critical Habitat for Two South Florida Cacti

        21. A small deer with velvet covered antlers in a recently burned forest.Jan 12, 2016

          Get Wild in the Four Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges with the First Annual Outdoor Fest, March 17th-20th

        22. A manatee partially covered in algae looks directly into the camera surrounded by a school of fish.Jan 7, 2016

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Reclassify West Indian Manatee from Endangered to Threatened

        23. An iridescent insect with many small hairs on its belly standing on leaf litter and sandy soilDec 18, 2015

          U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to List Miami Tiger Beetle as Endangered

        24. A group of manatees swims near the surface of clear blue water.Nov 23, 2015

          Service Extends Comment Period for Proposed Management Changes at Three Sisters Springs

        25. Kemps ridley sea turtle laying in the sand. Large with grey shell and yellow body with grey speckles.Nov 13, 2015

          New Report Assesses the Impacts of Emerging Threats on Gulf Coast Species and Ecosystems

        26. A group of manatees swims near the surface of clear blue water.Nov 10, 2015

          Service Offers Refined Alternative for Access to Three Sisters Springs

        27. Red-cockaded woodpecker flying from its nest.Nov 6, 2015

          Service, States, celebrate 20th Anniversary of the Safe Harbor Program offering voluntary land management agreements with private landowners

        28. A manatee partially covered in algae looks directly into the camera surrounded by a school of fish.Oct 14, 2015

          2014-2015 Three Sisters Springs Management Strategy to Remain in Place Until Draft Environmental Assessment is Finalized

        29. A leafy green vine like plant growing on a rock face.Oct 5, 2015

          Service to List Florida Bristle Fern as Endangered

        30. Very sandy soil with sparse grassy vegetation and short palms.Sep 28, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Listing Four South Florida Plants as Threatened or Endangered

        31. A black white and orange snake with red eyes coiled on fallen leaves.Sep 17, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks More Information on Five Species

        32. Bright red and yellow flowers emerge from a spiky cactus.Aug 25, 2015

          Reintroduction of Florida Semaphore Cactus to Florida Keys

        33. Very sandy soil with sparse grassy vegetation and short palms.Aug 14, 2015

          Service Announces Critical Habitat Designations for Florida Brickell-Bush and Carter’s Small-Flowered Flax

        34. Three mussels in hand with identification numbersAug 13, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service Announces $37.2 Million in Grants to Boost State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts

        35. Two florida manatees grazing on the rocky bottom of a lagoon.Aug 5, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Winter Restrictions on Swimming, Paddling with Manatees at Florida’s Three Sisters Springs

        36. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose.Jul 1, 2015

          Service Awards Grants to 35 States, District of Columbia for Work on Deadly Bat Disease

        37. A dark colored salamander with white spots on it's stomach and sides.Jun 30, 2015

          Federal Wildlife Officials Respond to a Petition to List Dozens of Species under the Endangered Species Act

        38. A monarch butterfly perched on a bushy plant with bright yellow flowers.Jun 17, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Habitat Council partner to save Monarchs

        39. black and white photograph of a man posing with a mounted eastern cougar.Jun 16, 2015

          Extinct eastern cougar subspecies proposed for removal from endangered species list

        40. A black bear marches across a farm field after a harvest.Jun 5, 2015

          Service Southeast Region Formally Ends the Evaluation Process for the Possible Use of Genetically Modified Crops on National Wildlife Refuges

        41. A butterfly covered in white spots with orange and yellow wings perched on a purple flower.Jun 2, 2015

          Service Provides $5.7 Million in Grants to Help Conserve Monarch Butterflies and Other At-Risk Species in 11 States

        42. Several manatee silhouettes from below with sun beams.May 20, 2015

          Manatee Enforcement Effort slated for Brevard County

        43. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat.May 13, 2015

          Service Awards More Than $16 Million to Support Clean Waters and Recreational Boating Through Clean Vessel Act Grants

        44. A brown and white bird perched on a dead branch.Apr 1, 2015

          Service and Florida Wildlife Commission Investigates Migratory Bird Treaty Act Violation posted on Facebook

        45. Several manatee silhouettes from below with sun beams.Feb 26, 2015

          Service to Enact Additional Manatee Protection Measures at Three Sisters Springs

        46. Rescued manatee laying on a blue mat out of water.Feb 18, 2015

          SeaWorld San Antonio Transports Rehabilitated Manatee via U.S. Coast Guard Plane to Sister Park in Orlando, FL

        47. Bright red and yellow flowers emerge from a spiky cactus.Jan 21, 2015

          Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Critical Habitat for Two South Florida Cacti

        48. A Florida manatee calf sticks close to its mother in shallow waterDec 15, 2014

          Public Invited to Comment on Proposed Strategies to Protect Wintering Manatees at Three Sisters Springs

        49. Two whooping cranes follow a large fan powered glider in front of a gray sky.Dec 11, 2014

          Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes Complete Fall Migration to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida

        50. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider.Dec 9, 2014

          Seven Whooping Cranes Fly into Georgia Following Ultralight Aircraft

        51. Seven young white whooping cranes with beige heads and feathers rest in a protective net pen.Nov 14, 2014

          Whooping Cranes Arrive in Tennessee

        52. A small mouse like mammal hangs on to a small tree branch.Oct 23, 2014

          Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex to Hold Informational Meeting on November 10

        53. A leafy green vine like plant growing on a rock face.Oct 8, 2014

          Service Proposes to List Florida Bristle Fern

        54. A strange looking salamander with horns.Sep 22, 2014

          Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-Year Status Reviews of 27 Southeastern Species

        55. A grass like plant with a large geometric shaped bulb.May 19, 2014

          Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 33 southeastern species

        56. A close up photograph of a tiny lobster-like crayfish with dark claws and armor.May 13, 2014

          State and Federal Agencies Work to Ensure Endangered Species Act Protections are Not Needed

        57. A gray butterfly with black and white antenae and white/orange markings on its wings.May 7, 2014

          Service Considers Economic Impact of Proposed Critical Habitat Designations for Florida leafwing and Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak butterflies

        58. Brightly colored aquarium coral and decorations.Apr 15, 2014

          Idaho Aquarium Sentenced for Illegal Trafficking of Marine Life

        59. A small alligator standing on sandy soil.Apr 15, 2014

          Michigan Aquarium Employee Sentenced for Illegal Trafficking of Marine Life

        60. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider.Jan 7, 2014

          Endangered Whooping Cranes Arrive at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL on Aircraft-guided Flight

        61. A small leafy green plant with a white flower.Jan 7, 2014

          Service Designates Critical Habitat for the Cape Sable Thoroughwort

        62. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider.Dec 31, 2013

          Endangered Whooping Cranes Make it to Florida Following Ultralights

        63. Airborne ultralight with whooping cranes following.Dec 30, 2013

          Endangered Whooping Cranes Now in Georgia on Aircraft-guided Flight to Florida

        64. A dead florida panther laid out in the bed of a pickup truck.Dec 19, 2013

          FWC, partners offer reward for information about suspicious panther death

        65. Airborne ultralight with whooping cranes following.Dec 12, 2013

          Endangered Whooping Cranes Now in Alabama on Aircraft-guided Flight to Florida

        66. A bright blue bird with bands on it's leg perched on a succulent shrub.Oct 25, 2012

          Service Seeks Proposals from States for Annual Endangered Species Grants

        67. A large green table covered in different mussel species native to Alabama.Oct 9, 2012

          Service Protects Eight Gulf Coast Mussels under the Endangered Species Act

        68. A short haired bat wrapped in a blue towel.Oct 3, 2012

          Service Proposes to Protect the Florida Bonneted Bat Under the Endangered Species Act

        69. A large alligator basks in the sun on the bank of a stream.Sep 17, 2012

          Visit Your Southeastern National Wildlife Refuges: October 13-27, 2012

        70. An orange and brown butterfly specimen.Aug 27, 2012

          Service Completes Status Review of the Bay Skipper Butterfly

        71. The head of a large boa constrictor being handled by a biologist.Aug 24, 2012

          Snake Smuggler Busted in Orlando

        72. A small yellow breasted bird with grey feathers.Aug 14, 2012

          Service Announces More Than $33 Million in Grants to Support Land Acquisition and Conservation Planning for Endangered Species

        73. A large prehistoric looking fish jumps three feet over a small river.May 22, 2012

          Service reviews interim plan for Woodruff Dam operations

        74. Two large, white, Whooping cranes flying in for a landing on a small pond.Feb 10, 2012

          Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes Released at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

        75. A large snake with a black and brown pattern on its back moving through the grass.Jan 17, 2012

          Salazar Announces Ban on Importation and Interstate Transportation of Four Giant Snakes that Threaten Everglades

        76. A gray bird with a red face and long legs walks on the grassy water's edge.Sep 20, 2011

          First public hearing this Saturday on proposed Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area

        77. A tiny sea turtle marches towards the ocean on a wet beach.Sep 16, 2011

          NOAA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Revise Loggerhead Sea Turtle Listing

        78. A white/gray butterfly with black spots blends into a flower bloom of similar color and markings.Aug 9, 2011

          Fish and Wildlife Service Emergency Lists Miami Blue Butterfly as Endangered

        79. A manatee partially covered in algae looks directly into the camera surrounded by a school of fish.Jun 21, 2011

          Service Proposes Broadened Florida Manatee Protections in Kings Bay

        80. A group of manatees swims near the surface of clear blue water.Apr 2, 2011

          Habitual Manatee Zone Violator Sentenced for Killing a Manatee in Brevard County, Florida

        81. Two small fish hiding in some thick submerged aquatic vegetation.Mar 28, 2011

          Okaloosa Darter On the Road to Recovery

        82. Tall, narrow, pine trees spaced about 25 feet apart with very sparse, dry grass in the understory.Mar 23, 2011

          Draft Recovery Plan for Gentian Pinkroot Available for Review

        83. Aerial photograph of the refuge where forested wetlands yield to open water.Mar 17, 2011

          Friends of Chassahowitzka Wins National Award

        84. Four young whooping cranes look for food on a muddy bank.Feb 18, 2011

          Second Whooping Crane Found Dead at Weiss Lake, Alabama

        85. A grassy low-lying area under a bright blue sky.Feb 17, 2011

          Public Scoping Comment Deadline Extended to March 31, 2011 for the Proposed Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area

        86. A single cabbage palm tree emerges from a vast grassland with a deciduous forest in the background.Feb 14, 2011

          Generous Donation by Cummer Family Adds 14 Acres to Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

        87. A grassy low-lying area under a bright blue sky.Jan 7, 2011

          Interior Secretary Salazar Announces Initiative to Conserve Working Lands and Wildlife Habitat in the Everglades Headwaters

        88. A biologist inspects vegetation on the edge of a marsh.Dec 22, 2010

          Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Announces More Than $19 Million in Grants to Protect Coastal Wetlands Across the Nation

        89. Four young whooping cranes with bands on their legs rest in a net enclosure.Dec 17, 2010

          Ultralight Migration Leads 20 Endangered Whooping Cranes over the Skies of Alabama

        90. A manatee partially covered in algae looks directly into the camera surrounded by a school of fish.Nov 5, 2010

          Service Broadens Florida Manatee Protections in Kings Bay

        91. Two brown pelicans fly in for a landing on the rocky shoreline.Jul 8, 2010

          Using Sound Science, the Service Addresses Urgent Habitat Needs for Birds and Other Wildlife Along the Gulf Coast

        92. Wide based trees emerge from a swamp covered in green pondweed.Jul 2, 2010

          Salazar Unveils Special Edition Duck Stamp Cachet Public Can Purchase to Support Gulf Wildlife Refuges

        93. Two gloved workers wearing protective glasses soap up and clean an oiled bird.May 9, 2010

          First two birds, oiled from the Gulf spill, readied for release at Pelican NWR

        94. A small deer with velvet covered antlers in a recently burned forest.Apr 27, 2010

          Stimulus Funds Help Determine Future of Endangered Key Deer at Florida Keys Refuge

        95. A tiny loggerhead hatchling hustles towards the ocean.Apr 20, 2010

          Georgia Aquarium and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service team up to save loggerheads

        96. A white bird with a black cap and forked tail flying in front of a blue sky.Apr 5, 2010

          Fish and Wildlife Service Conducts Five-year Status Review for Roseate Tern

        97. A bright blue bird with bands on it's leg perched on a succulent shrub.Apr 5, 2010

          Stimulus Funds Help Florida Scrub Jays at Merritt Refuge

        98. Photograph of female florida panther trailed by two cubs.Mar 31, 2010

          Panthers in Picayune Kicking Up Their Heels

        99. Vegetated beach dunes with a small forest in the background.Feb 3, 2010

          Fall in Love with Nature this Valentine's Day

        100. A large snake with a black and brown pattern on its back moving through the grass.Jan 20, 2010

          Salazar Moves to Ban Importation and Interstate Transfer of Burmese Python and Eight Other Giant Invasive Snakes

        101. A small gopher tortoise with tan shell standing on sandy grass covered soil.Jan 12, 2010

          Federal Agency Clarifies Request for Gopher Tortoise Information following its 90-Day Finding

        102. A manatee partially covered in algae looks directly into the camera surrounded by a school of fish.Jan 12, 2010

          Federal Finding Means Florida Manatee Critical Habitat Designation Warrants Revision

        103. Four young whooping cranes look for food on a muddy bank.Jan 7, 2010

          Ultralight Migration Leads 20 Endangered Whooping Cranes into Georgia

        104. A bright white lighthouse emerges over calm water and a mix of palm and oak trees.Jan 2, 2010

          Ultralight-led Whooping Cranes Arrive at Final Wintering Destination in Florida

        105. A Florida panther walking on a gravel road with a slash pine forest in the backgroundDec 18, 2009

          Florida Panther Recovery Plan, Third Revision Available

        106. Eight whooping cranes follow an ultralight fan powered glider in Kentucky.Dec 8, 2009

          Ultralight Migration Leads 20 Endangered Whooping Cranes over the Skies of Tennessee

        107. Hundreds of brown pelicans cover a vegetated beach.Nov 11, 2009

          Brown Pelican Populations Recovered, Removed from Endangered Species List

        108. Two large, white, Whooping cranes flying in for a landing on a small pond.Oct 26, 2009

          Young Whooping Cranes Will Learn Migration Route from their Elders

        109. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider.Oct 22, 2009

          Ninth Group of Endangered Whooping Cranes Depart on Ultralight-guided Flight to Florida

        110. A white bird with angular wings and a dark head.Sep 23, 2009

          Service Releases Climate Change Strategy for Public Review and Comment

        111. A white breasted bird with a brown head and grey feathers.Sep 11, 2009

          Secretary Salazar Announces More than $41 Million to Purchase Wetlands and Fund Grants for Migratory Waterfowl Habitat More than $7 Million in Waterfowl Habitat Grants Approved for Southeastern States

        112. A small gopher tortoise with tan shell standing on sandy grass covered soil.Sep 9, 2009

          Federal Finding Means Gopher Tortoise Status in the Eastern Portion of its Range Merits Further Review

        113. Aerial photograph of the refuge where forested wetlands yield to open water.Aug 24, 2009

          New Manager at Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge Complex

        114. A dead florida panther laid out in the bed of a pickup truck.Aug 5, 2009

          Troup County Panther was a Florida Panther -- Wildlife CSI: High-Tech Genetic Testing Used to Determine Cat’s Parentage

        115. Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky.Jul 31, 2009

          Liberal Season Proposed for Upcoming Late Waterfowl Season

        116. Storm surge from the ocean cuts through a barrier island.Jun 29, 2009

          Service Will Host Public Meetings on Coastal Barrier Resources System Pilot Project Units

        117. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat.Jun 9, 2009

          Secretary Salazar Announces Boating Grants to 28 States to Help Keep Waterways Clean

        118. A mature bald eagle with white head and dark brown feathers perched on a dead tree limb just over a giant nest.Jun 8, 2009

          Eagle Shooter Sentenced in Tampa, Florida

        119. A huge bin of crushed ivory pieces.May 13, 2009

          Endangered Species Wildlife on Luxury Yacht in South Florida Results in Conviction, Seizure and Forfeitures

        120. Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison.May 13, 2009

          Fish and Wildlife Service Celebrates Endangered Species Day

        121. Grassy vegetation emerges from coastal beach dunes.Apr 22, 2009

          Agency Draft Recovery Plan for St. Andrew Beach Mouse Available for Review

        122. A biologist with a walking stick walks through dense wetland vegetation.Apr 20, 2009

          $7 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to Native American Tribes for Wildlife Conservation Work

        123. A bright yellow bird with a downward curved beak perched on a tree branch.Apr 20, 2009

          Interior Secretary Salazar Announces Award of $9 million in Grants to States for Imperiled Species Conservation

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        Frequently Asked Questions

        Do I need a fishing license or hunting permit in Florida?

        Licenses are provided by our state partners, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Visit their Recreational Hunting, Fishing Licenses and Permits web site, or call (850) 265-3676.

        I am a landowner, consultation or project manager. Where can I find information I need to consider in planning my project?

        To find a list of federally protected species that may occur in your county, use the Service’s Information for Planning and Conservation (IPaC) online tool. The information is updated routinely, so check back often for the latest.

        How do I report wildlife emergencies, sightings, fish kills, etc., in Florida?

        Notify our state partners, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Use their online contact resource, or call (850) 265-3676.

        What do I do if I experience a panther, manatee or sea turtle depredation or other human/wildlife interaction?

        Please notify the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by calling their Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-FWCC (3922), or if you’re currently in the state, #FWC or FWC on your cell phone.

        How do I report injured or nuisance wildlife in Florida?

        Please notify the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by calling their Wildlife Alert Hotline at (888) 404-FWCC (3922), or if you’re currently in the state, #FWC or FWC on your cell phone.

        How do I report suspected violations of the Endangered Species Act?

        Report a suspected crime involving a federally listed species by emailing fws_tips@fws.gov or calling 1- 844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477).

        Waves crashing on a sandy beach

        Florida coastal shore. Photo: Paul Lang, USFWS.

        Habitat Restoration Projects

        The Everglades

        The Everglades is recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the world’s unique natural and cultural resources. Encompassing nearly 18,000 square miles of the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, the Everglades and the greater Everglades ecosystem (spanning from the Kissimmee River basin north of Lake Okeechobee all the way south to Florida Bay) are also the focus of the world’s largest intergovernmental watershed restoration effort.

        The Service is addressing an unprecedented workload to assure that an Everglades restoration plan provides maximum benefits to the diverse fish and wildlife resources of south Florida. The restoration plan as a whole and each of its components will require the Service’s evaluation under the authorities of the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

        Learn more at EvergladesRestoration.gov

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