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09-13-2007, 06:46 PM
FWC Commissioners approve draft bald eagle management plan

9/13/07

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the bald eagle revised draft management plan Wednesday, giving staff the go-ahead to begin work on a final draft.

The second comment period on the plan will end on Friday, and FWC staff will revise the plan to reflect comments received and will bring the plan up for its final hearing and approval at a future meeting.

Policy changes outlined in the draft management plan include regulation of a buffer zone around nests and requirements for permitting activities that violate guidelines described in the permitting framework of the draft plan.
The plan proposes adoption of a new rule to protect bald eagles and incorporates U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bald eagle guidelines.

The FWC is moving to delist the species because of the increased number of bald eagles in Florida over the past few decades. The goal of the management plan is to maintain a stable or increasing bald eagle population throughout Florida.

The bald eagle still is classified as threatened by the FWC and will not be delisted until the management plan, developed with public input, is approved by FWC Commissioners. The draft management plan will ensure the bald eagle continues to be protected and thrive in Florida. The bald eagle also will remain protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.


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