Coastal Management Policy and Gulf Restoration

Board Members

FWF is engaged in critical coastal policy issues such as protecting the Coastal Barrier Resources System which helps protect over 700,000 acres of coastal Florida by removing federal subsidies that stimulate development in low-lying, flood prone areas. Former Congressman and FWF director Tom Evans, Jr. authored the Coastal Barrier Resources Act. FWF also works to have state policies discourage development intensification along our beaches. Florida currently has tremendous exposure to storms and sea level rise. Undeveloped or lightly developed shorelines not only provide incredibly rich fish and wildlife habitat, they buffer the storms and hurricanes that strike Florida.

Florida Wildlife Federation joined with National Wildlife Federation in commissioning a scientific report, Unfavorable Tides, which documents the tremendous impacts that a modest sea level rise of 15 inches by 2100 would have on a number of Florida’s estuaries and bays. The effects on the state, especially southeast Florida, would be dramatic.

The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster was the largest single environmental calamity in our history. FWF successfully lobbied the federal government to have most of the money BP will have to pay go towards environmental clean-up and conservation in the Gulf of Mexico. We are now actively engaged in what specific projects should be funded once the money is available, and are concentrating on long-lasting action, such as coastal and watershed protection. The level of conservation that could be afforded by this money is unprecedented, but great attention must be given to assure that real ecological progress is made.

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