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NFC: Fw: DEN Alert: Help Protect a Rare Florida Bird Species
DEN Alert: Help Protect a Rare Florida Bird Species
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will vote this
week on whether to weaken protections for the imperiled red-cockaded
woodpecker. The commission may take this action despite the fact
that the woodpecker is listed as a federal endangered species.
Federal officials and commission scientists have serious concerns
about this potential action.
The red-cockaded woodpecker was once a common species across the
southeastern coastal plain of Florida. Once thriving in open,
mature pine forests, the bird has lost more than 95 percent of its
habitat since pre-settlement times. Today, what remains of its
habitat is highly fragmented and often of poor quality. What has
been particularly devastating to this bird has been the loss of
important nesting sites high up in the old pines where nestlings
would be safe from predators.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Send a free e-mail to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Gov. Jeb Bush and urge them not to downlist the
red-cockaded woodpecker, but rather develop a common-sense,
comprehensive plan to protect the remaining populations of the
woodpecker. Thanks for helping to protect this rare and beautiful
INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA THE WEB:
If you have access to the web, simply click on the link below which
will take you to the DEN Action Center web site:
If you don't have access to the Internet, please send your letter
Board of Commissioners, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Commission, c/o Bradley J. Gruver, Ph.D, Bureau of Wildlife Diversity
Conservation via fax at: 850-488-6412 or via email at:
gruverb at fwc_state.fl.us and to The Honorable Jeb Bush, Governor of
Florida via fax at: 850-487-0801 or via email at:
fl_governor at myflorida_com
Dear Mr. Gruver:
As a resident of the state of Florida and an individual who is greatly
concerned about our state's vanishing wildlife, I urge the Florida
Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission not to weaken protections
for the red-cockaded woodpecker. Instead, I urge you to develop a
common-sense, comprehensive plan to protect the remaining populations
of the bird.
The recommendation before the commission doesn't consider the
biological status and vulnerability of the woodpecker. In addition,
it's contrary to the conclusion of the woodpecker scientists, land
managers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Most woodpecker populations are small, isolated and vulnerable to
extinction. More than 90 percent of the woodpeckers' most suitable
Florida habitat has been lost. Currently, only two sites in Florida
appear sufficiently large and stable enough to provide long-term
suitable habitat for the bird.
Thank you for considering my comments.
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