FWF has supported conserving Florida’s wildlife and restoring habitats since 1937. The Federation was instrumental in the creation of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission in 1943, and in merging that agency with the Marine Fisheries Commission in 1999 to create today’s Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) – one of only two constitutionally mandated agencies in the nation. FWC is charged with managing fish and wildlife resources for their long-term sustainability and well-being and for the benefit of the people.
FWF was successful in spearheading the state-wide voter initiative to amend the Florida Constitution to incentivize private landowners to permanently protect their properties through conservation easements. Protecting both public and private lands is critical to preserving habitat for wildlife. We also advocate for clean air, clean water and sustainable wildlife habitat.