Florida's Common Species Common Program (Phase 4)
   Chris Wynn, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

Abstract: With approximately seventy percent of Florida’s undeveloped landscape being privately owned, continual funding for the implementation of Florida’s Landowner Assistance Programs (LAP) is vital to the efficient conservation of Florida’s wildlife and habitats on private lands. As identified by the CWCS, high priority state-wide threats include habitat loss and fragmentation, degradation of water resources, lack of fire, and ever-increasing invasive plants and animals. Incentives to combat these threats are needed as population and development pressures escalate. As such, a State Wildlife Grants component to LAP (Common Species Common program [CSC]) will serve to benefit the species of greatest conservation need by combating the aforementioned threats with specific actions identified in the CWCS (e.g. Incentives, coordination, and indirect education). The main goal of Florida’s LAP is to enhance conservation of wildlife species by improving the quality of essential habitats that are located on private lands. Specifically through Florida’s LAP, CSC will carry out an essential component of the CWCS by implementing habitat restoration and conservation efforts aimed at restoring and conserving high priority habitats on private lands. CSC will strengthen relationships with current partners while continually fostering new partnerships with landowners, non-governmental organizations and agencies. Significant increases in critical habitat restoration and long-term protection will take place as a result of CSC. High priority habitats identified in the CWCS as having the greatest benefit to species of greatest conservation need will be targeted for restoration and conservation on private lands. Associated with the threats to these habitats, long-term actions (e.g. prescribed burning, controlling invasive/exotics, and restoring water quality) will be implemented on private lands using cost-shares as an incentive. Current partnerships will be strengthened while new partnerships are built. Florida’s Wildlife Legacy goals and individual project benefits will be promoted to other landowners through educational workshops and field days. Any private, non-governmental landowner in Florida may apply and receive technical and financial assistance to create and/or restore the CWCS identified priority habitat through CSC. Financial Incentives are awarded to landowners within conservation opportunity areas which are established within priority wildlife habitats identified by the state’s CWCS and state wildlife experts. These habitat focal areas primarily include sandhill, scrub, and dry prairie habitats, all of which are highly threatened within the state. Qualified applicants can receive a 50-50 cost-share reimbursement for approved habitat management techniques.

Award Matching Funds Total
$123,609.00 $123,609.00 $247,218.00

Year Funded Starting Date Ending Date
2008 1/1/2009 1/1/2012

Location: Statewide