South Florida Ecological Services Field Office
Southeast Region


Florida Panther
Recovery Implementation Team
Transportation Sub-Team
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Transportation systems and vehicles can be a source of instant and long-term harm to Florida panthers. Collision with vehicles is a direct leading cause of panther injuries and death; poorly planned roads can eliminate and fragment habitat and result in sprawling development that increases the occurrence of human-panther conflicts. A series of transportation actions or inaction can have far reaching consequences for panther survival, dispersal and recovery.

The Florida Panther Recovery Implementation Team is establishing a Transportation Sub-Team to address the issues of vehicular mortality and habitat loss. The Sub-Team will identify opportunities to assure a safe, viable habitat network exists for panthers and address the need to avoid and minimize harmful impacts of vehicle travel ways. The focus of the Sub-Team will be to identify current sites and proposed projects that pose a danger to panthers, identify transportation related planning and policy proposals that could impact panthers and panther habitat, and provide the Panther RIT with constructive critiques and recommendations for solutions. The Sub-Team should consider a broad range of options, such as engineered alternatives (e.g., wildlife crossings), avoidance (e.g., choice of road alignment), mitigation (e.g., land acquisition; restoration), education (e.g., outreach to increase public awareness; signage), enforcement (e.g., implementing slow speed zones) and policy recommendations (e.g., comments on regional transportation plans).

The members of the Transportation Sub-Team will be recommended by the Panther RIT and will be appointed by the Service’s Southeast Regional Director. They will work in an advisory capacity to the Service, under the guidance and direction of the Panther RIT. They will report all findings and recommendations to the Panther RIT.

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Team Members

Team Liaison: Elizabeth Fleming, Defenders of Wildlife

Team Chair: Amber Crooks, Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Katasha Cornwell, Florida Department of Transportation

Terry Gilbert, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Darrell Land, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Nancy Payton, Florida Wildlife Federation

Gwen Pipkin, Florida Department of Transportation

Don Scott, Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization

Brent Setchell, Florida Department of Transportation

Dan Smith, University of Central Florida

John Wrublik, US Fish and Wildlife Service



Meeting Dates/Agenda
Meeting Type
August 2, 2019
Sub-Team Notes
June 27, 2019
Meeting Canceled
February 28, 2019 Sub-Team Notes
October 30, 2018
Meeting Canceled

August 15, 2018 Sub-Team Notes
May 10, 2018 Sub-Team Notes - Revised
February 21, 2018 Sub-Team Notes
November 15, 2017 Sub-Team Notes
September 13, 2017
revised date

June 21, 2017

Sub-Team Notes
April 13, 2017

Sub-Team Notes
January 26, 2017

Sub-Team Notes
November 15, 2016

Sub-Team Notes
August 16, 2016

Sub-Team Notes
June 7, 2016

Sub-Team Notes
March 31, 2016

Sub-Team Notes
January 28, 2016

Sub-Team Notes
November 17, 2015

Sub-Team Notes
October 6, 2015

Sub-Team Notes
July 28, 2015

Sub-Team Notes
May 8, 2015

Sub-Team Notes
March 12, 2015

Sub-Team Notes
January 29, 2015

Sub-Team Notes
December 2, 2014

Sub-Team Notes
October 23, 2014

Sub-Team Notes

Please send any questions concerning Florida Panther Recovery Implementation to the following email address:
Last updated: September 20, 2019