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Welcome to the inaugural issue of FWC 4-1-1

Dear Conservationist,

Welcome to the inaugural issue of "FWC 4-1-1" an informative e-newsletter for stakeholders of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

This e-newsletter is just part of an overall effort to supply you important background information, and to provide ways for you to become more involved — commenting on proposed rule changes, completing opinion surveys, being part of a long-range residents’ panel, volunteering or attending meetings relevant to your concerns.

The FWC is led by seven Commissioners, appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate to represent Florida’s residents and visitors to fulfill the mission of: "Managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people."

A highly professional staff of 2,000 scientists, law enforcement officers and support personnel endeavors to provide the best possible biological and social science on which Commissioners base their decisions. Staff then implements plans effectively and efficiently using available resources.

FWC’s mission is critical — we must balance nearly 54,000 square miles of land, 6,000 square miles of water, 572 species of wildlife, plus 700 species of fish — with the needs of nearly 18 million residents.  The recreational aspects of these resources alone generate nearly $10 billion in economic impact for the state. An additional $576 million in economic impact comes from commercial fishing and $18.4 billion from boating.

A key component of our agency’s success is having a well-informed and proactive group of stakeholders willing to speak for the resource and make conservation stewardship an integral part of their lives.  To achieve that goal, we realize we need to engage in a dialogue with you. So, expect to hear from us quarterly — and we’ll expect to hear from you too.

Sincerely,

Ken Haddad
Executive Director

This e-newsletter, (FWC 4-1-1) will be delivered quarterly in the future, to keep you informed about issues that may be of concern to you as a stakeholder in Florida’s fish and wildlife conservation future.  You can provide feedback on "FWC 4-1-1" by taking this survey, which is also listed in the right-side navigation menu below.  You may pass this news letter on to your friends or colleagues, who can subscribe to this e-Newsletter by e-mailing ListServ with no subject line and "Subscribe FWCinfo-L" in the first line of the message body (no quotes).  You may unsubscribe (leave the list) at any time by sending an e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.MYFWC.COM with "SIGNOFF FWCinfo-L" in the first line of the message body and nothing in the subject line.

Also, please sign up to participate in the FWC online panel.  As a member we will be inviting you to respond to surveys from time to time, on a variety of subjects and issues. Your information is confidential and will not be shared with anyone for any reason.  We only look at aggregate data totals, not individual responses.

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The e-newsletter for stakeholders of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Our mission: Managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people.

< Issue 1,>

February 2007

 

 


 



 

 

WELCOME: 
This is the inaugural issue of "FWC 4-1-1," an e-newsletter for Stakeholders of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  The FWC is lead by seven Commissioners, who are appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate to represent the citizens of Florida.  The professional staff of the FWC comprises nearly 2,000 scientists, law enforcement officers and support staff who are dedicated to our mission:  "Managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people."  


In this issue…

Stakeholder input wanted for rulemaking

Rulemaking on a wide variety of issues is routine within the FWC. Public participation is an important part of the process.

“While FWC has a very open rulemaking process and provides adequate due process, we realize there is always room for improvement,” said David Arnold … [more]

Teen banned forever from hunting in Florida

An 18-year-old Pensacola man is the first person who found out how long the arm of the law is — he was banned for life from having a hunting license and now cannot legally hunt in 23 other states.

The man pleaded guilty to illegally killing three small spotted fawns on Christmas Eve. He received a jail sentence, was fined, ordered to pay court … [more]

Do ivory-billed woodpeckers exist in Florida?

 
Researchers are seeking the final pieces needed to confirm the birds’ presence: photographic or videographic evidence.

Auburn University ornithologist Dr. Geoff Hill last year unveiled his findings of evidence in the Florida Panhandle of the once-thought-extinct bird.

“There is not enough evidence to confirm the birds’ presence yet,” said Ken Haddad, executive director of the FWC … [more]

Surgin’ Sturgeon

To a fisheries biologist, every fish species has a unique appeal, but the sturgeon’s prehistoric attributes create a fascination for almost every outdoor enthusiast.
 
 The Gulf sturgeon, a subspecies of Atlantic sturgeon, is native to Florida. Gulf sturgeon have again made headlines for their antics – which are millions of… [
more]

Apalachicola Paddling Trail receives national recognition

The American Canoe Association has named the Apalachicola Paddling Trail System in Franklin County one of the 12 most recommended water trails in the United States for 2006.  The Apalachicola Paddling Trails, in the Apalachicola Wildlife and Environmental Area, were developed by the FWC Office of Recreation Services “I think it’s definitely well deserved,” said Jeanni McMillan,… [more]

Record number of manatees die in 2006

Preliminary data shows an increase in manatee deaths for 2006, but, the numbers shed some light on measures the FWC can take to help reduce human-related and other threats to the animals.

A preliminary report shows 416 manatees died in state waters in 2006,… [more]

Red-cockaded woodpecker future brighter in Florida

The federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker will have a brighter future in Florida, thanks to private landowners, the FWC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

Officials signed Florida’s Safe Harbor Agreement for red-cockaded … [more]

 

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For the cats,

 

Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

an Educational Sanctuary home

to more than 100 big cats

12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625

813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

http://www.BigCatRescue.org MakeADifference@BigCatRescue.org

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