Wildlife Foundation Awards $327,367 to FWC for Projects

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The Wildlife Foundation of Florida (WFF) awarded $327,367 from “Conserve Wildlife” license tag revenues to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for agency projects.

The WFF board of directors selected to fund the following 12 agency projects during its June 21 meeting in Tallahassee:

* Radio Telemetry and Mark-Recapture Studies of Demography, Movement and Population Dynamics of the Endangered Snail Kite, $29,095, Division of Freshwater Fisheries;

* Florida Black Bear: Statewide Management and Conservation, $128,000, Division of Wildlife;

* Evaluating Wetland Management Techniques for Controlling Paragrass, $15,000, Division of Wildlife;

* Florida Mottled Duck Population Monitoring, $38,000, Division of Wildlife;

* Avian Stewardship, Outreach and Partnering, $13,500, Division of Wildlife;

* The Florida Manatee – A Florida Treasure: Education and Boater Relations, $6,200, Division of Wildlife;

* Inventory of FWC Data: A Prerequisite to Agency-wide Data Integration, $55,200, Office of Environmental Services;

* ArcIMS Programmer to Deliver Web-based GIS Services via the Internet, $10,500, Office of Environmental Services;

* Florida Black Bear Habitat Modeling for “Closing the Gaps” Update, $9,926, Office of Environmental Services;

* Database Management Technical Support for FWC Divisions/Offices, $45,213, Office of Environmental Services;

* GIS Mapping Support for FWC Employees, $37,733, Office of Environmental Services;

* Florida Manatee Foraging Behavior Around a Winter Warm-water Refuge, $27,000, Florida Marine Research Institute.

The “Conserve Wildlife” license plate is the product of a partnership between the FWC, the WFF, Defenders of Wildlife and the Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club. The license plate costs $17 more than a regular plate. Of that additional cost, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles receives $2. The WFF receives the remaining $15 to support activities of the FWC. The $15 is tax deductible.

In the past five years, the WFF has provided funding for more than $1.3 million of “Conserve Wildlife” license plate revenues to FWC projects.

The Florida Legislature established the WFF in 1994 to provide assistance, funding and promotional support for the FWC.