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Develop a vital signs status and trends monitoring program for biological communities. Key parameters may include rate of sea-level rise; saltwater intrusion boundary and monitoring wells; landscape-level vegetation patterns; percent coral cover and condition in offshore reef zones; water temperature and pH in areas; and occurrence and range of invasive exotic plants and animal species. Read More
Promote collaborative federal, state and local government conservation land acquisition programs. Explore fee simple and less-than-fee approaches which reflect regional acquisition priorities and result in conserving a diversity of natural areas including hot spots of biological diversity, protecting open space and buffer areas to create or maintain resilience and adaptive capacity of existing natural areas to transition inland/upslope. Read More
Support regional fire management coordination efforts emphasizing frequent, low intensity fire regimes in wetland and pine forest systems to maximize habitat quality, resilience to change and carbon neutrality while preventing hazardous fuel load build up that leads to major carbon releases. Read More
Maintain or restore multiple areas of habitat and large-scale connectivity to facilitate native species population stability and habitat shifts resulting from climate change. Read More
Coordinate and implement regional invasive exotic species prevention and control efforts to minimize the diversity and abundance of habitat-homogenizing exotic plants and animals by emphasizing prevention of new invasions and early detection/rapid response to nascent invasions. Read More
Coordinate “living shorelines” objectives at regional scale to foster use of natural infrastructure (e.g. coral reefs, native vegetation and mangrove wetlands) instead of or in addition to grey infrastructure (e.g. bulkheads). Read More
Leverage existing work of the Florida Reef Resilience Program’s “Climate Change Action Plan for Florida’s Coral Reef System 2010- 2015” for protection of marine habitat. Read More
Engage and cooperate with marine resource agencies to maintain coral reef (e.g., selective breeding) and mangrove ecotones as estuarine habitat and natural barriers to storm surge that also maintain coastal biodiversity. Read More
Advocate for federal and state funding for applied monitoring and climate related science: identify economic and physical linkages between marine systems (e.g. reefs and mangroves) and hazard risk/damage claim reduction monitor coastal and freshwater marsh vegetation tolerance to changing salinity, depth and other climate variables improve data on estuarine bathymetry and use appropriate models to help identify habitats at risk develop refined climate projections, hydrologic and ecological models to aid in planning Read More
Develop long-term turtle-nesting beach preservation and management strategies to reduce nest vulnerability and mortality. Read More
Compile species information for rare plant species in threatened natural communities and develop adaptation plans that include, at a minimum, seed bank repository collection and assisted propagation. Read More
Maintain/restore urban tree canopy. Read More