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FWF Defends Amendment 1 Decision in Court
FWF Defends Amendment 1 Decision in Court
FWF Defends Amendment 1 Decision in Court On July 16, 2019, Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) attorneys defended the will of the people at the appellate court in Tallahassee. This case stems from the overwhelming support of voters in 2014 in approving Amendment 1, the Water and Land Legacy Constitutional Amendment, that was to provide adequate funding for land conservation and thereby water protection in our state in the face of growth. Following passage, the Legislature did not spend the money as directed by the Amendment, and FWF sued. The trial court sided with FWF, and the Legislature appealed that decision to the First District Court of Appeals. Oral argument was heard yesterday. We now await a decision by the three judges on that court. Many thanks to our attorneys at Earthjustice for representing us, especially David Guest, Alisa Coe, Bradley Marshall and Judge Bob Benton. Keep the good thought! Preston Robertson President and CEO Florida Wildlife Federation
Big Step in Funding Fight
Big Step in Funding Fight
BIG STEP IN FUNDING FIGHT In November 2014, Floridians voted overwhelmingly in support of Amendment 1, the Water and Land Legacy Amendment, the purpose of which was to fund Florida Forever and other land and water conservation programs. Unfortunately, the Florida Legislature did not do as citizens requested, so the Florida Wildlife Federation sued the Legislature and state agencies for violating the State Constitution. We prevailed at trial and the Legislature appealed that decision to the 1st District Court of Appeals. There will be oral argument on the trial court’ decision on July 16, 2019 in Tallahassee. Please keep the good thought as we strive to have our elected representatives protect our lands and waters and keep what makes Florida special.
FWF PRESENTS AWARDS TO  OUTSTANDING CONSERVATIONISTS
FWF PRESENTS AWARDS TO OUTSTANDING CONSERVATIONISTS
FLORIDA WILDLIFE FEDERATION PRESENTS AWARDS TO OUTSTANDING CONSERVATIONISTS IN HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS ON JUNE 22, 2019 At the Florida Wildlife Federation’s Annual Conservation Awards Banquet held June 22, 2019, at the Mission Inn Resort and Spa, seven outstanding Florida conservationists were recognized for their conservation achievements. The Federation’s annual selection of conservation award winners is one of the oldest in the state. Award winners are chosen from nominations made to the Federation’s Board of Directors based on a nominee’s accomplishments on behalf of Florida’s fish, wildlife and natural resources. The following individuals and groups received wildlife statuette awards to commemorate the occasion: • Water Conservationist of the Year: Captains for Clean Water, Ft. Myers • Volunteers of the Year: Claude and April Ward, Hudson • Land Conservationists of the Year: Sam and Betty Shine, New Albany, Indiana • Forest Stewards of the Year: Ben and Louann Williams, St. Johns • Environmental Educator of the Year: Jim Schortemeyer, Naples • Conservation Organization of the Year: Alachua Conservation Trust, Gainesville • Hall of Fame: Franklin Adams, Naples The Florida Wildlife Federation, a statewide non-profit organization founded in 1936, is dedicated to protecting Florida’s ...
ACTION ALERT! CALL TO URGE VETO OF HB 7103
ACTION ALERT! CALL TO URGE VETO OF HB 7103
ACTION ALERT! CALL TO URGE VETO OF HB 7103  Please urge the Governor to VETO HB 7103 by calling him during business hours at (850) 717-9337 or reaching him via email at www.flgov.com/email-the-governor.  HB 7103 makes citizens and others liable for attorney fees should their growth management challenges not prove successful. In effect, the average citizen will no longer be able to afford the risk of challenging poor local planning and development decisions. At a time when Florida needs to better manage the impacts of growth and development, urge Gov. DeSantis to uphold the right of citizens to have meaningful a say in their community's future and VETO HB 7103. Thank you. Preston Robertson President and CEO Florida Wildlife Federation
Governor – Please Veto Two Bad Bills
Governor – Please Veto Two Bad Bills
Governor Desantis has gotten off to a good start in representing Florida as he has focused on our water crisis. His efforts on behalf of the Everglades have been noteworthy. We must act now to keep our state the beautiful one residents enjoy and jobs-creating tourists expect. Unfortunately, two bad bills recently passed by the Florida Legislature have now passed for review by the Governor. Senate Bill 7068 will create three new massive toll roads through the remaining rural portions of the peninsula. These roads will not only serve to spread unregulated sprawl over the countryside, degrade and further pollute our water supply and decimate wildlife habitat, but shackle the taxpayer with years of costly expenses. The money that will go towards SB 7068 would be much better spent on expanding existing roadways, which is what the Department of Transportation has recommended. Additionally, it could be used to improve our educational system, build public transit or for other worthy purposes. The other bill which passed, House Bill 7103, essentially stops public challenges of growth management decisions by making challengers pay attorney fees ...
Small Acreage Landowner Stewardship Workshop July 13
Small Acreage Landowner Stewardship Workshop July 13
Small Acreage Landowner Stewardship Workshop Agenda Saturday,  July 13, 2019 at Tall Timbers Research Station   9:00 - Welcome, Kevin Hiers, Tall Timbers 9:30 - Fire Management Tips, Kevin Hiers, Tall Timbers  10:00 - Good Deeds for Native Pollinators, Dean & Sally Jue, North American Butterfly Association (NaBa) 10:30 - Chain Saw Do’s and Don’ts (video) 11:00 - Invasive Terrestrial Plant Control, John Kunzer, FWC 11:30 - Native Groundcover, Dr. Jean Huffman, LSU 12:00 - Lunch 12:30 - Hog Damage & Control, Mathew Chopp, FWC 1:00 - Land Management at Birdsong, Kathleen Brady 2:00 - Problems and Solutions, Jim Stevenson, Florida Springs Institute (FSI) 3:00 - Adjourn   FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT JIM STEVENSON AT 850 562-5716    
ACTION ALERT: CALL GOVERNOR DESANTIS
ACTION ALERT: CALL GOVERNOR DESANTIS
ACTION ALERT PLEASE CALL GOVERNOR DESANTIS! Ask him to VETO Senate BILL 7068, the toll roads bill. If this bill becomes law, giant highways through our remaining rural and natural areas will bring even more sprawl, pollution and water degradation to our state. These huge highways are to be paid for by TOLLS which we will all pay for. Please call the Governor at 850 488-7146. Tell the Governor to please VETO SB 7068.  We do not want to live in a hot New Jersey!  Thanks for taking part in your democracy! Preston Robertson Florida Wildlife Federation                              The legislature has just approved a massive highway construction project that will span through the most rural and some of the most environmentally sensitive areas of the state. The Governor’s veto only way to stop these road projects from moving forward!
Stormy weather reminds us that life in paradise comes with a cost | Opinion
Stormy weather reminds us that life in paradise comes with a cost | Opinion
Hurricane Michael destroyed Mexico Beach in Florida’s Panhandle with 155 mph winds — roofs ripped off, walls collapsed, windows shattered. Homes that withstood the wind were gutted by storm surge. Nearly all residential and commercial structures were severely damaged. The one emblematic exception was a two-story beachfront home built last year, known as the Sand Palace, which stood almost untouched by the storm. Why was this home able to withstand the hurricane? The answers are planning, resilient design and strong construction standards. The residence was constructed to withstand 250 mph winds and has 40-foot pilings to keep the house above water during storm surge. While construction costs were estimated to be 20 percent more due to building materials, the results cannot be argued with. The home survived almost intact. While Mexico Beach provides a great example of how we can build with resiliency in mind, we should also ask if we should even develop or rebuild in some hard-hit areas. Cape San Blas, a 20-mile-long finger of land that juts into the Gulf, was completely reshaped in a few short hours by Hurricane ...
Call for 2019 Board Director Nominations
Call for 2019 Board Director Nominations
Call for 2019 Board Director Nominations Interested in joining the Board of Directors of the Florida Wildlife Federation or nominating someone else? If interested, please write to the Florida Wildlife Federation Nominating Committee, P.O. Box 6870, Tallahassee, FL 32314-6870 or email Michelle Forman at michelle@fwfonline.org. Nominations must be submitted by May 11, 2019.  To be eligible, a candidate must be a resident of Florida and a member in good standing of the Florida Wildlife Federation. District and Regional Directors must reside in the region or district for which they would serve. Officers and At-Large Directors may reside anywhere within the state.  FWF Directors are expected to regularly attend Federation meetings, participate in Federation activities, assist in building Federation membership, be actively involved in fund-raising efforts, attend public workshops, act as a liaison with other conservation organizations, and generally promote and lead state-wide conservation activities through the Florida Wildlife Federation. Being an FWF Director requires a substantial commitment of time and resources but will give the individual an opportunity to be a conservation leader in Florida.   
Tampa Bay Sea Level Rise Conference April 5 & 6
Tampa Bay Sea Level Rise Conference April 5 & 6
What does the recent National Climate Assessment mean for Tampa Bay communities? This two-day conference will lay out the challenges ahead and already arising.  
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