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 February 13, 2010 1:15 PM

Emails sent. This is beyond disheartening. Ditto to Marys statement... she hit the nail on the head.

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I hope they sue and win. February 11, 2010 7:22 PM

Are they !@#$^& crazy!!!!  How %#@^ stupid can they be!!!

I just can not believe this.  Oh, how I want to smack them and beat the %#&!*% out of them. 

And what the hell is with this paragraph??

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would not designate habitat for the panther "at this time," saying that current protections and reviews required under the Endangered Species Act and the state's panther recovery plan are sufficient.

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Feds deny petition for Florida panther habitat February 11, 2010 6:25 PM

by Paul Quinlan Environmentalists pledged to sue after the federal government today rejected their petition to declare 3 million acres of South Florida — an area twice the size of Delaware — critical habitat for the endangered Florida panther. Such a designation would have significantly raised the bar for developers seeking permits in the area, which covers most of Southwest Florida north to the Caloosahatchee River and western portions of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Read the rest of the story here.

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Feds say no to panther critical habitat By ERIC STAATS Posted February 11, 2010

Habitat for the endangered Florida panther in Southwest Florida will not get more protection sought by environmental groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday. The groups — at least one of which is threatening a lawsuit over the rejection — filed three separate petitions last year to have some 3 million acres designated as “critical habitat” for the wide-ranging wildcat. Roads and development are putting the squeeze on the panther population, which scientists estimate at between 100 and 120 panthers. “We don’t believe designating critical habitat is in the best interest of the panther at this time,” Fish and Wildlife Service field supervisor Paul Souza said. A critical habitat designation would take resources away from other panther protection priorities such as restoration of the Picayune Strand, construction of wildlife underpasses for panthers to safely cross roads and a review of a panther protection plan proposed by large landowners in eastern Collier County and environmental groups who view it as a better alternative than critical habitat designation, Souza said. He said a public-private partnership, rather than top-down regulation, is essential to getting the panther off the endangered species list. Before that can happen, federal plans call for establishing new populations of Florida panthers in other parts of its historic range in the southeastern United States — including places that might not welcome the panthers. “Designating critical habitat would have had the unintended consequence of polarizing that conversation and hampering our long-term vision,” Souza said. A critical habitat designation would add a new permitting hurdle for developers but would not necessarily restrict development, Souza said. Developers would have to show that their projects would not “result in the destruction or adverse modification of habitat” for the panther. Souza said developers still could destroy habitat even with a critical habitat designation as long as they showed their project would have an overall habitat benefit for the panther. Right now, developers must show only that their projects would not “jeopardize the continued existence” of the panther. The Fish and Wildlife Service rarely invokes the “no jeopardy” standard to withhold permits. Soon after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida filed a petition seeking critical habitat designation. Later, the Sierra Club field a similar petition, citing the effects of climate change on South Florida as a reason to designate critical habitat north of areas where panthers currently roam. The Center for Biological Diversity, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Southwest Florida-based Council of Civic Associations filed a third petition. The panther needs all of the habitat the Fish and Wildlife Service has identified for the wide-ranging cat and that can only be accomplished by a critical habitat designation, said Michael Robinson, conservation advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity. “We don’t think this is going to stand in court,” Robinson said. While the critical habitat designation has hit a dead-end, federal wildlife officials still are reviewing what is shaping up to be a rival plan. The plan by a coalition of large landowners in eastern Collier County and environmental groups builds on a county growth plan that has laid the groundwork for the new town of Ave Maria and Ave Maria University and plans for a second new town called Big Cypress. The county plan awards development credits to landowners who agree to set aside land for preservation. The coalition’s new plan envisions two new panther travel routes in eastern Collier County, a $150 million fund to pay for wildlife crossings and habitat and an increase in federal mitigation requirements for building in panther habitat. A team of panther experts that reviewed the plan said it would be an improvement over existing protections for the panther, but the team has recommended ways to beef up the plan.

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 February 09, 2010 3:44 AM

Ceci-thanks for the site. Since I'm always ready to help the Florida panthers. love & hugs~beverly

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 February 09, 2010 3:02 AM

I'm not sure if this campaign is up-to-date, the fact that it's on their site make me think it may be, there's so much going on in this state it makes my head go in circles!

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FANTASTIC! February 09, 2010 2:56 AM

Here's another great fight they helped us win, remember my campaign for FL Forever?
Recent actions and results
Preserving natural Florida forever
Environment Florida won approval of a bill that will extend the successful Florida Forever conservation land-buying program for another ten years.
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Thanks Mare! February 09, 2010 2:45 AM

This is a good petition, I signed back a bit, thanks for putting it in here cause I don't even know how I missed that

Yep, remember it perfectly, it's an Environment Florida Petition, good choice!


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NO MORE HABITAT FOR THE PANTHERS? >{ ENVIRONMENT FLORIDA:Petition: Save our last 100 Panthers! February 04, 2010 1:09 PM

Sorry, don't know if this has been posted by Larry or Ceci.

Senators: Save Our Last 100 Panthers - Environment Florida

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Experts say our government can save our last 100 Florida panthers by putting 3,548 square miles of South Florida wetlands out of the reach of big developers, miners and road-builders.

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