Today, we are hearing about the long-range plan intended for the protection of wildlife in Florida. With the increasing attention given to imperiled species living on the private lands located in Collier County, people are indeed inspired to help preserve the wildlife and save the endangered animals. Imagine the landscape of the iconic habitant in this land.
Pines tower with rich-green prairie stretched in the eastern part of the county. The cool wind is inviting and we can’t even resist the stunning saw palmetto. The red-cockaded woodpecker flies between trees and the gopher turtle diligently digs under the earth. Florida panthers also wander through the vast grasslands to hunt for food. Would you sacrifice this beautiful sanctuary for a modern living?
New plans for new buildings and residential communities were announced in Florida despite the importance of the land to wildlife animals. Projects will certainly affect the natural environment as well as the inhabitants. With the increasing number of endangered species and wildlife organizations pursuing to save them, this is indeed a huge issue we need to pay attention to.
Lawsuits are being filed by certain groups while also fighting for the rights of these innocent animals, and we really do hope that the wildlife advocacies will win over the modern developments planned to be established in the area within this year.
Status of Project Developments
The current issues spreading in Florida today also trigger more development projects. However, people get pressured every time a new project is announced. Developments include new residential homes and road widening wherein panther habitat and the fragile ecosystem are mainly affected. However, advocates against these projects struggle in fighting to save the wildlife in Florida.
Thinking that there may be a better way to complete the projects makes these individuals more determined to stop the developers from ruining the natural setting of the county.
One of the solutions they can think of is to bring every concerned individual together like landowners, commercial and residential developer, conservation experts and wildlife advocates to discuss the whole plan before it starts. With a defined plan, which indicates the goal of keeping the habitats of the wildlife, advocates hope to influence the decisions of the developers regarding the projects.
Rather than battling projects while also risking losses, there will be more chances of declaring the habitats as “off limits”, thus, the areas will be protected from the projects that are planned for completion within a specified time.
It is indeed a challenge to win over this advocacy but the Collier County protectors are motivated to help conserve the wildlife no matter how challenging it is. The power of creating a plan in fact comes straight forwardly from the ESA or Endangered Species Act. It is called HCP or Habitat Conservation Plan to ensure that once the development projects took place on the private lands in Florida, it should be completed in a manner, which can mitigate and minimize the impact on the wildlife.
Resolving the Issues in Collier County Wildlife
The only basis we are not able to see more of these plans is due to the proposal made by individuals owning the lands in question while the HCP development involves an intricate process that may take more years in order to complete. Since HCPs are not required, most landowners do not bother to make one, but thanks to the conservation organization in Collier County that support the protection of wildlife through a plan.
Currently, the existing version of Collier County’s HCP concerns the 152,000 acres in the rural area as well as wild and cultural lands. The area approximately comprises 4 times the entire size of Miami. At this moment, the HCP intends to maintain almost 70 percent of the area in order to protect agricultural lands and conservation of wildlife.
A draft of the plan is actually given to the “Fish and Wildlife Service” wherein some experts deal with agencies, landowners and conservationists in order to make the development projects safer for animals. To promote public awareness, advocates can advertise their objectives to help people know about the current status of Florida wildlife. If done correctly, we can actually help preserve the wildlife not only in Collier County, but also in other parts of the globe wherein project developments affect ecosystem and the endangered species.