Conservation and Project Planning
Early coordination with resource agencies and subject matter experts can help identify the best course of action for a project or property. Using the information collected on natural resource features, habitats, and wildlife species, you can now determine what options are best suited for your property or project idea. For example, fire dependent, priority habitats with a high biodiversity of wildlife, or a matrix of upland and wetland systems are candidates for conservation. Comparatively, areas lacking imperiled species habitats or areas outside a naturally occurring wildlife corridor are candidates for land use activities. Many times, a combination of opportunities and planning guidelines can be created to gain the most benefit from private lands.
The following pages provide an overview of conservation opportunities and planning guidelines that can be applied to a variety of project types. The Wildlife Habitat Planning Strategies, Design Features and Best Management Practices for Florida Communities and Landowners (1000 Friends of Florida 2008) provides details of these guidelines. Comprehensive conservation planning and coordination efforts are crucial for success. The Cooperative Conservation Blueprint program was the next step from the Florida Wildlife Legacy Initiative. This program produced an overview chart of incentive programs and an incentive mechanisms report available to all landowners. The Critical Lands and Waters Project is used to identify the best GIS data available and feeds directly into the Blueprint. Public land acquisition program managers may use this information in evaluating which properties to purchase or how to manage a property to gain benefit from public use.
Disclaimer: For activities that are not subject to a regulatory process, the guidelines 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.