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Wednesday, October 19 • 11:00am - 11:20am
Wildlife. Using State Wildlife Grant funds to address knowledge gaps for Florida’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need

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AUTHORS: Ashley Ballou, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; *Dan O’Malley, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 

ABSTRACT: Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative (FWLI), a program within the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), was established to steward use of Florida’s State Wildlife Action Plan (Action Plan) and implementation, using State Wildlife Grant (SWG) funds. A competitive grant process has been established where selected projects receive a portion of Florida’s SWG allocation to implement elements of the Action Plan. These projects address one of the 5 implementation goals identified for the Action Plan and are primarily on a habitat-level scale to ensure multiple Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) benefit. However, one implementation goal is focused solely on filling knowledge gaps for SGCN (e.g. research, monitoring, and management). Knowledge gaps are determined by giving a species a knowledge level score. The knowledge level score ranges from 0 to 7, where 0 means the status of the taxa is unknown. The “Data Gaps” goal is to acquire information necessary to conserve SGCN, to establish measurable objectives for these species, and to monitor achievement of the objectives for the species. Since 2012, FWLI has funded 20 Data Gaps projects addressing 51 SGCN, including 9 projects with non-FWC principal investigators. Each of the 51 SGCN have moved up at least 1 knowledge level score as a result of successful Data Gaps funded projects. Projects have spanned across all taxa and habitat types, including projects focused on Worthington’s marsh wren (Cistothorus palustris griseus), Florida bonneted bats (Eumops floridanus), and 6 freshwater mussel species.

Wednesday October 19, 2016 11:00am - 11:20am
Riverview B

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