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In order to protect wildlife, habitats must also be afforded protection. Conservation of plant communities is a good start to protecting Florida’s ecosystems, but continuous habitat management is imperative to maintaining function and value for wildlife species. Regardless of which habitat classification system is used, the following categories provide similar plant community composition and characteristics. While there are general habitat management practices that may be applied to a variety of plant community types, each category has more specific habitat management suggestions. For each category, a summary of characteristics is provided with examples. A web link to a description of each community identified in the State Wildlife Action Plan is included, as well as a table that identifies associated imperiled and common wildlife species. Where these habitats occur in South Florida, a web link to the USFWS Multi-species Recovery Plan for that community type is included.
(Multiple vegetation communities are grouped into a habitat category with similar composition and characteristics)
Habitat Classification Guides
*CWCS has changed to the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP)
Disclaimer: The guidelines and habitat management practices posted in this section should be considered suggestions. However, for regulated activities, some of these guidelines may be published as requirements, become recommendations to a permit application, or be identified as requirements under other specific regulatory consultation guidelines. General habitat management techniques are provided for each community grouping. More specific habitat management techniques and best management practices may be found through this guide.