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Governor – Please Veto Two Bad Bills
Governor – Please Veto Two Bad Bills
Governor Desantis has gotten off to a good start in representing Florida as he has focused on our water crisis. His efforts on behalf of the Everglades have been noteworthy. We must act now to keep our state the beautiful one residents enjoy and jobs-creating tourists expect. Unfortunately, two bad bills recently passed by the Florida Legislature have now passed for review by the Governor. Senate Bill 7068 will create three new massive toll roads through the remaining rural portions of the peninsula. These roads will not only serve to spread unregulated sprawl over the countryside, degrade and further pollute our water supply and decimate wildlife habitat, but shackle the taxpayer with years of costly expenses. The money that will go towards SB 7068 would be much better spent on expanding existing roadways, which is what the Department of Transportation has recommended. Additionally, it could be used to improve our educational system, build public transit or for other worthy purposes. The other bill which passed, House Bill 7103, essentially stops public challenges of growth management decisions by making challengers pay attorney fees ...
Small Acreage Landowner Stewardship Workshop July 13
Small Acreage Landowner Stewardship Workshop July 13
Small Acreage Landowner Stewardship Workshop Agenda Saturday,  July 13, 2019 at Tall Timbers Research Station   9:00 - Welcome, Kevin Hiers, Tall Timbers 9:30 - Fire Management Tips, Kevin Hiers, Tall Timbers  10:00 - Good Deeds for Native Pollinators, Dean & Sally Jue, North American Butterfly Association (NaBa) 10:30 - Chain Saw Do’s and Don’ts (video) 11:00 - Invasive Terrestrial Plant Control, John Kunzer, FWC 11:30 - Native Groundcover, Dr. Jean Huffman, LSU 12:00 - Lunch 12:30 - Hog Damage & Control, Mathew Chopp, FWC 1:00 - Land Management at Birdsong, Kathleen Brady 2:00 - Problems and Solutions, Jim Stevenson, Florida Springs Institute (FSI) 3:00 - Adjourn   FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT JIM STEVENSON AT 850 562-5716    
ACTION ALERT: CALL GOVERNOR DESANTIS
ACTION ALERT: CALL GOVERNOR DESANTIS
ACTION ALERT PLEASE CALL GOVERNOR DESANTIS! Ask him to VETO Senate BILL 7068, the toll roads bill. If this bill becomes law, giant highways through our remaining rural and natural areas will bring even more sprawl, pollution and water degradation to our state. These huge highways are to be paid for by TOLLS which we will all pay for. Please call the Governor at 850 488-7146. Tell the Governor to please VETO SB 7068.  We do not want to live in a hot New Jersey!  Thanks for taking part in your democracy! Preston Robertson Florida Wildlife Federation                              The legislature has just approved a massive highway construction project that will span through the most rural and some of the most environmentally sensitive areas of the state. The Governor’s veto only way to stop these road projects from moving forward!
Stormy weather reminds us that life in paradise comes with a cost | Opinion
Stormy weather reminds us that life in paradise comes with a cost | Opinion
Hurricane Michael destroyed Mexico Beach in Florida’s Panhandle with 155 mph winds — roofs ripped off, walls collapsed, windows shattered. Homes that withstood the wind were gutted by storm surge. Nearly all residential and commercial structures were severely damaged. The one emblematic exception was a two-story beachfront home built last year, known as the Sand Palace, which stood almost untouched by the storm. Why was this home able to withstand the hurricane? The answers are planning, resilient design and strong construction standards. The residence was constructed to withstand 250 mph winds and has 40-foot pilings to keep the house above water during storm surge. While construction costs were estimated to be 20 percent more due to building materials, the results cannot be argued with. The home survived almost intact. While Mexico Beach provides a great example of how we can build with resiliency in mind, we should also ask if we should even develop or rebuild in some hard-hit areas. Cape San Blas, a 20-mile-long finger of land that juts into the Gulf, was completely reshaped in a few short hours by Hurricane ...
Call for 2019 Board Director Nominations
Call for 2019 Board Director Nominations
Call for 2019 Board Director Nominations Interested in joining the Board of Directors of the Florida Wildlife Federation or nominating someone else? If interested, please write to the Florida Wildlife Federation Nominating Committee, P.O. Box 6870, Tallahassee, FL 32314-6870 or email Michelle Forman at michelle@fwfonline.org. Nominations must be submitted by May 11, 2019.  To be eligible, a candidate must be a resident of Florida and a member in good standing of the Florida Wildlife Federation. District and Regional Directors must reside in the region or district for which they would serve. Officers and At-Large Directors may reside anywhere within the state.  FWF Directors are expected to regularly attend Federation meetings, participate in Federation activities, assist in building Federation membership, be actively involved in fund-raising efforts, attend public workshops, act as a liaison with other conservation organizations, and generally promote and lead state-wide conservation activities through the Florida Wildlife Federation. Being an FWF Director requires a substantial commitment of time and resources but will give the individual an opportunity to be a conservation leader in Florida.   
Tampa Bay Sea Level Rise Conference April 5 & 6
Tampa Bay Sea Level Rise Conference April 5 & 6
What does the recent National Climate Assessment mean for Tampa Bay communities? This two-day conference will lay out the challenges ahead and already arising.  
Legislative Report - 3/27/2019
Legislative Report - 3/27/2019
Please contact your State Senator or Representative and tell them to fully fund Florida Forever and protect our water! The update below outlines where we are as we head into week 4 of the 2019 Session. So far, all of our tracked items are moving through the process. The Land Acquisition Trust Fund (LATF) is still being tugged at from every angle, while some pieces of legislation are now slightly better aligned with FWF than in their original form. So far, we have supported three bills in Committee, SB’s 78, 1758 and 1278, while communicating direct opposition to SB 7068. We’re not quite half way through the Session with a lot of time left and a lot of work ahead.   Land Acquisition Trust Fund: SB 944 (Stewart)/ HB 1341: Land Acquisition Trust Fund; Requiring a specified annual appropriation to the Florida Forever Trust Fund; prohibiting moneys from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund from being used for certain specified costs, etc. In appropriations subcommittee of Ag./Environment/General Gov’t. Committee SB 376 (Montford) / HB 555 (Drake): Land Acquisition Trust Fund; Requiring that ...
BEACH CLEAN–UP,  OKALOOSA ISLAND, SATURDAY, MARCH 9
BEACH CLEAN–UP,  OKALOOSA ISLAND, SATURDAY, MARCH 9
BEACH CLEAN–UP,  OKALOOSA ISLAND, SATURDAY, MARCH 9 We hope you can attend our next event, a beach clean-up, 10 – 11 AM, Saturday March 9, from the third beach freeway on Okaloosa Island (between Island Princess and the Fairfield Inn off Santa Rosa Boulevard). We have some pick up / reach extenders to help without stooping, and will finish with homemade cookies at 11 AM. In case of inclement weather, we'll reschedule. Rebecca Sherry President, Condo Alliance of Okaloosa Island 850-244-2744
Atlantic, Pacific Coastal Affiliates of the National Wildlife Federation Urge Interior to Scrap Coastal Drilling Plan
Atlantic, Pacific Coastal Affiliates of the National Wildlife Federation Urge Interior to Scrap Coastal Drilling Plan
Contact: Mike Saccone, National Wildlife Federation, SacconeM@nwf.org, 202-797-6634 Atlantic, Pacific Coastal Affiliates of the National Wildlife Federation Urge Interior to Scrap Coastal Drilling Plan  WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 18, 2019) — The Atlantic and Pacific coastal affiliates of the National Wildlife Federation urged the Department of the Interior in a letter today to scrap its forthcoming plan to radically expand offshore oil and gas drilling. The letter, addressed to Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, mirrors the bipartisan and nearly unanimous position of coastal governors and lawmakers opposed to expanded oil and gas development on the outer continental shelf.   “The risks are too great to open up more of our coasts to drilling,” the 24 state and territorial conservation organizations said. “A spill anywhere along the Atlantic, Pacific or Arctic shorelines would be catastrophic for wildlife and our communities. … Our oceans and marine wildlife support billions of dollars of economic activity and sustain tourism, outdoor recreation and fishing in our coastal states. We urge the Administration to throw out its plans and go back to the drawing board, and this time listen to the ...
FWF Forest Advocate to assist landowners with longleaf
FWF Forest Advocate to assist landowners with longleaf
Stan Rosenthal, FWF Forest Advocate, is available to assist landowners that want to plant/manage longleaf in the Panhandle! Contact Stan at stan@fwfonline.org or 850-508-6771. Read a recent piece he recently wrote for the Tallahassee Democat, Adaptability a strong suit for longleaf pine.  
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