Target: Claire Sunquist, Florida’s Fish & Wildlife Commission
Goal: Support a conservation plan that will help protect 60 imperiled species.
A new conservation model is proposed to protect 60 struggling species that face threats to their long-term survival. The 10-year plan hopes to improve population numbers as well as reduce the risk of being listed as endangered in the future. The time is now to show the Fish and Wildlife Commission our approval for protecting precious native species.
Florida is one of the most biologically diverse states in America, however, the encroachment of development on wildlife habitat and illegal hunting has caused a decline in numerous unique species. The Imperiled Species Management Plan hopes to preserve these species that are so important to Florida’s ecosystem. The Florida burrowing owl, the Big Cypress fox squirrel, the Florida bog frog, the blackmouth shiner, and the Sante Fe cave crayfish are just a few of the 60 species that will benefit from this plan. From mammals to bird species to reptiles to amphibians to crustaceans, the plan seeks to help every group of Florida’s animal kingdom.
The conservation model hopes to fill in data gaps associated with the species as well as increase community outreach about the importance of preserving these native Florida animals. Management actions include reducing specific threats that inhibit the species and improving and expanding certain habitats. The plan will enforce laws regarding the illegal taking, hunting, harm, or abuse of these imperiled species and their habitats. These strategies will not only positively impact struggling species, but also enhance habitat and livelihood of multiple other species in Florida’s ecosystem.
By signing this petition, you are thanking Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission for taking an initiative to save and protect endangered and threatened wildlife species.
Dear Ms. Sunquist,
Florida’s biodiversity should be coveted and protected. The Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Imperiled Species Management Plan is a progressive model for protecting Florida’s wildlife and wildlife habitats. Sixty threatened, unique species will benefit from this proposed plan. I support this innovative endeavor to manage Florida’s struggling wildlife species.
Human intervention through development and illegal hunting has severe effects on an area’s biodiversity. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and other aquatic species will benefit from your new management plan. I applaud your motion to gather further research on Florida’s endangered species and support your plan to enhance community outreach on the subject of wildlife conservation. Hopefully, other states will follow your lead and increase their efforts to protect native wildlife.
[Your Name Here]
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