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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.  
Give, Shoot and Score for Charity!
Give, Shoot and Score for Charity!
Florida Wildlife Federation presents: Give, Shoot and Score for Charity! The Florida Panthers and the Florida Wildlife Federation are teaming up for the game on March 23rd for an exclusive discount opportunity. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold goes back to the Florida Wildlife Federation and all tickets purchased using the discount include parking! Make an additional pledge to the Florida Wildlife Federation while purchasing your ticket and score yourself a trip onto the ice! All donors win a puck shot at the end of the game. If you donate the most, you’ll score a ride on the Zamboni at intermission!  TO ORDER: https://groupmatics.events/event/floridawildlifefederation
FLORIDA WILDLIFE FEDERATION GETS NEW PRESIDENT
FLORIDA WILDLIFE FEDERATION GETS NEW PRESIDENT
FLORIDA WILDLIFE FEDERATION GETS NEW PRESIDENT Preston Robertson will become the President and CEO of the Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) beginning February 2019 following Manley Fuller’s 32-year tenure. Robertson has been with FWF since 2005, working as the Vice-President for Conservation, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. A 1985 graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, Robertson received both a Law Degree and Master’s Degree from the University of Florida. He joined the Board of Directors of the Federation during his first semester of law school. With ancestors having moved to Florida in 1829, Robertson has a deep affinity for the state and the unique beauty we still enjoy. A devoted conservationist since running around the woods and fields on the family farm as a child, he has a passion to ensure that the natural lands and waters which make our state special remain unsullied and that the joy of being in nature is available to all. Following a private litigation practice in North Central Florida, he served as Assistant General Counsel for the Attorney General’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife ...
FWF Challenges Water Management District Sugar Leases
FWF Challenges Water Management District Sugar Leases
Florida Wildlife Federation Challenges Water Management District Sugar Leases Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) has challenged the recent controversial sugar leases approved by the South Florida Water Management District Board. The leases were approved by board members who have either resigned since the challenge was filed or asked to resign by Governor Ron DeSantis.  FWF President Manley Fuller stated "We challenged the Board’s action because the new leases could significantly interfere with the Everglades reservoir project moving forward expeditiously. Moreover, the public was not properly noticed prior to the vote.” If the leases had been properly noticed the public would have had adequate time to review the lease language and its implications, a view shared by the Governor who has also expressed concern about the procedure used to approve the leases and their impact on the Everglades restoration. An independent legal opinion on the impact of the leases has been produced by real estate attorney Barry Ansbacher, who notes several problematic issues for restoration. For example, the new lease grants the sugar company new rights of access to use District lands slated for construction of the reservoir ...
Manley Fuller Farewell
Manley Fuller Farewell
Dear FWF Members, Supporters and Friends, It has been a privilege and a great joy to serve the Florida Wildlife Federation membership and volunteer board these past 32 years as your President and CEO. I am honored to have worked with you, the FWF membership, including many outstanding volunteer Board Members and Chairs, wonderful colleagues, dedicated FWF staff members and an outstanding group of conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts who are my dearest friends. I am grateful to have had a job that I truly loved practically every day, from the beginning to the end of my tenure. You have been my mentors in conservation and we have together accomplished a great deal in fulfilling our mission of “Keeping the Wild in Florida.” There will be much more to do as you carry on facing this great state’s conservation challenges. I have decided to leave my position with FWF, opening up new leadership opportunities for the organization. While my last day of FWF employment will be February 1, 2019, I will continue to actively support the organization as a volunteer member of ...
CONSERVATIONISTS MOVE TO BLOCK LAST MINUTE DEAL BETWEEN SUGAR COMPANIES AND WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
CONSERVATIONISTS MOVE TO BLOCK LAST MINUTE DEAL BETWEEN SUGAR COMPANIES AND WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
For Immediate Release November 29, 2018 Contact: Preston Robertson, 850-656-7113 Terrell Arline, Esq., 850-321-8726                        Sweetheart deal between Big Sugar and Water Management District could thwart reservoir designed to clean South Florida water TALLAHASSEE (11/29/18) – On Wednesday, Florida conservationists filed a legal challenge to a last-minute deal between major sugar companies and the South Florida Water Management District that could thwart emergency efforts to reduce toxic algae outbreaks in rivers and coastal areas. The deal was reached the day after the election of Ron DeSantis as Florida’s governor. DeSantis has previously opposed sweetheart deals with the powerful sugar industry. Under the agreement, the outgoing District board renewed leases to major sugar companies on land that is slated for a reservoir to take contaminated water out of Lake Okeechobee. Leases for growing sugar cane set to expire this coming March were re-leased for up to 8 years, endangering plans to fast-track construction of the new 17,000 acre reservoir.  Lake water contaminated with toxic algae fueled by fertilizer and manure from industrial farming operations has been repeatedly dumped into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, where it triggered massive fish kills ...
ACT NOW TO HELP SAVE THE FLORIDA PANTHER!
ACT NOW TO HELP SAVE THE FLORIDA PANTHER!
ACT NOW TO HELP SAVE THE FLORIDA PANTHER! The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is now accepting public comments on a proposal to ensure preservation of 107,000 acres of private land that may otherwise be developed. This land will provide valuable habitat for the Florida panther and 18 other imperiled species. With increasing human growth and development in Southwest Florida, habitat suitable for the panther and other wildlife is quickly diminishing. Indeed, there may be as few as 120 adult panthers remaining in the wild. This beautiful symbol of Florida wilderness needs your voice! Please click HERE and tell FWS "I strongly support landscape scale habitat conservation planning efforts to provide vital linkages through private lands to public conservation lands in the region." This will help save our panther for future generations. The deadline to comment is December 3, 2018, so please act now! For more information and additional talking points for your comments, click HERE to read an in-depth blog post on this issue. You may also contact Meredith Budd, FWF Southwest Florida Field Representative, (239) 643-4111 or meredithb@fwfonline.org. Thank you for helping to protect our Florida panther! Florida Wildlife Federation 
Protecting the Florida Panther through Habitat Conservation Planning
Protecting the Florida Panther through Habitat Conservation Planning
Protecting the Florida Panther through Habitat Conservation Planning: The Eastern Collier Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan   The Florida panther, with its long-tailed and pale brown fur, is a symbol of wild Florida. This cat once roamed across the entire southeastern United States, but human population growth has, and continues to, destroy, degrade, and fragment their habitat. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) estimates there may be as few as 120-230 adult panthers left in South Florida.   Why is land conservation so important for the Florida panther? The Florida panther is a wide-ranging species across Southwest Florida. Public lands (i.e., state and/or federally owned) are insufficient to support a growing panther population. As panther habitat shrinks due to increasing development, the panther's ability to find prey, mates and suitable denning sites has declined. Loss of habitat contributes to the two greatest causes of panther death: aggression between panthers and collisions with motor vehicles. Collier County is not immune to the population growth. Since growth and development will continue to encroach on panther habitat, the future of this charismatic cat is dependent ...
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