Upland Ecosystem Restoration Project
   Bill Palmer, Tall Timbers Research Station

Abstract: The Upland Ecosystem Restoration Project (UERP) is a strategic planning effort to integrate conservation needed to sustain upland ecosystems in Florida. This project seeks to coordinate existing conservation efforts and to plan and implement new conservation efforts to effect improved management of priority upland ecosystems outlined in Florida’s Strategic Vision. UERP has completed or exceeded the scope of work for the Second Quarter (1 October – 31 December 2007) as outlined in project number 06016. Initiated species and habitat monitoring on focal areas; traveled to all UERP focal areas to review activities, develop short-term goals and initiate monitoring strategy; continued with aggressive on-the-ground management; submitted a grant proposal to the State Wildlife Grants Program to assist funding the “UERP Monitoring Strategy”; participated in a “fall field day” on Escape Ranch, which highlighted our recent success on Three Lakes WMA; and finally produced the UERP report. Private Lands Effort—finalized steering committee; indentifying landowners within each focal area; assessing landowner needs; facilitate partnerships/relationships.

Award Matching Funds Total
$282,000.00 $94,000.00 $376,000.00

Year Funded Starting Date Ending Date
2005 7/1/2006 12/31/2009

Location: Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Okaloosa, Osceola, Santa Rosa and Sarasota Counties

Final report