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Wednesday, July 19
 

1:30pm EDT

KKK&LLL1. Issues Affecting Florida's Imperiled Wildlife (Part 1 of 2)

KKK. & LLL.   EMERGING ISSUES AFFECTING CONSERVATION OF FLORIDA’S IMPERILED WILDLIFE SPECIES, INCLUDING POTENIAL IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON WILDLIFE COMMUNITIES

Never have the costs and risks of conservation been so high nor the opportunities for establishing a new conservation vision for Florida as great as they are today. No less than a dozen landscape-scale wildlife and habitat planning programs are currently being implemented collaboratively in most cases by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Service, other regulatory agencies and conservation organizations. These initiatives generally involve development of state-wide management plans for high profile wildlife species, implementation of a revised state listed process for imperiled wildlife species, habitat identification and ranking analyses for preservation under projects that include the Conservation Cooperative Blueprint and the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative, best management practices for wildlife on agricultural lands and consolidation of regulatory processes. Each of these programs has potential to profoundly affect the ways we conserve listed species and the habitats upon which they depend. They also will affect each of us in our responsibilities as regulators, land managers and consultants. Additionally, there is a possibility that changes to our climate may be affecting Florida’s terrestrial and aquatic wildlife communities. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has taken the time to study this issue and will come prepared to present its surprising findings, with commentary from other scientists with expertise in this area. The presenters in this session will provide salient overviews of these programs and issues with information regarding how to participate and acquire additional information.


Speakers
AC

Austin Carroll

Principal Ecologist, Wiregrass Ecological Associates
avatar for Gisele Colbert

Gisele Colbert

Principal Scientist, Smart-Sciences, Inc.
Ms. Colbert is the founder of Smart-Sciences and has 26 years of experience in managing and supervising technical projects and in leading inter-disciplinary teams consisting of engineers, geologists, ecologists and other technical experts. Ms. Colbert has extensive experience in all types of environmental permitting in the State of Florida (including Environmental Resource Permits (ERPs), Local Wetlands Permitting, Coastal Construction Permitting, Tree Permitting, Water Use Permit (WUP), industrial wastewater), as well... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Collier

Jeff Collier

Shareholder, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson
RS

Rachel Sulkers

Project Manager, Kleinfelder


Wednesday July 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:10pm EDT
Key West/ Palm Beach

3:30pm EDT

KKK&LLL2. Issues Affecting Florida's Imperiled Wildlife (Part 2 of 2)

KKK. & LLL.   EMERGING ISSUES AFFECTING CONSERVATION OF FLORIDA’S IMPERILED WILDLIFE SPECIES, INCLUDING POTENIAL IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON WILDLIFE COMMUNITIES

Never have the costs and risks of conservation been so high nor the opportunities for establishing a new conservation vision for Florida as great as they are today. No less than a dozen landscape-scale wildlife and habitat planning programs are currently being implemented collaboratively in most cases by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Service, other regulatory agencies and conservation organizations. These initiatives generally involve development of state-wide management plans for high profile wildlife species, implementation of a revised state listed process for imperiled wildlife species, habitat identification and ranking analyses for preservation under projects that include the Conservation Cooperative Blueprint and the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative, best management practices for wildlife on agricultural lands and consolidation of regulatory processes. Each of these programs has potential to profoundly affect the ways we conserve listed species and the habitats upon which they depend. They also will affect each of us in our responsibilities as regulators, land managers and consultants. Additionally, there is a possibility that changes to our climate may be affecting Florida’s terrestrial and aquatic wildlife communities. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has taken the time to study this issue and will come prepared to present its surprising findings, with commentary from other scientists with expertise in this area. The presenters in this session will provide salient overviews of these programs and issues with information regarding how to participate and acquire additional information.


Speakers
AC

Austin Carroll

Principal Ecologist, Wiregrass Ecological Associates
avatar for Gisele Colbert

Gisele Colbert

Principal Scientist, Smart-Sciences, Inc.
Ms. Colbert is the founder of Smart-Sciences and has 26 years of experience in managing and supervising technical projects and in leading inter-disciplinary teams consisting of engineers, geologists, ecologists and other technical experts. Ms. Colbert has extensive experience in all types of environmental permitting in the State of Florida (including Environmental Resource Permits (ERPs), Local Wetlands Permitting, Coastal Construction Permitting, Tree Permitting, Water Use Permit (WUP), industrial wastewater), as well... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Collier

Jeff Collier

Shareholder, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson
RS

Rachel Sulkers

Project Manager, Kleinfelder


Wednesday July 19, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Key West/ Palm Beach
 
Thursday, July 20
 

8:30am EDT

NNN. Threatened and Endangered Species in the Marine Realm

NNN. THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES IN THE MARINE REALM 

Extremely timely and informative course will “cover the bases” from NEPA to permitting; critical environmental issues including Johnson Seagrass, ESA protected marine species and essential fish habitat, sea turtles, and marine mammals; use of UMAM and HEA for determining mitigation requests; examples of lessons learned in dealing with and applying federal and state requirements to seaports, beach renourishment, and coastal development; discussion of emerging issues.  Audience participation encouraged! 

Speakers
avatar for Mary Jo Barkaszi

Mary Jo Barkaszi

Marine Mammal Programs Manager, CSA Ocean Sciences
avatar for Penny Cutt

Penny Cutt

Senior Associate, Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc.
Penny Cutt is a Senior Associate with Gahagan & Bryant Associates, Inc. Her expertise is in marine and coastal environments, specializing in Joint Coastal Permitting, Environmental Resource Permitting, and biological monitoring. She has 23 years of experience, with 10 years in the... Read More →
BP

Bill Precht

Director, Marine & Coastal Programs, Dial Cordy & Associates
avatar for Karla Reece

Karla Reece

Section 7 Team Lead, National Marine Fisheries Commission
Karla has been a Section 7 Biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service since 2000.  She started out in Washington State, consulting on listed salmon in marine, estuary, and river environments. Karla moved to the Southeast Region in NMFS in 2005 and has carried out Section... Read More →


Thursday July 20, 2017 8:30am - 10:10am EDT
Clearwater/ Orlando

3:30pm EDT

JJJ. Future Directions for Species Mitigation and Conservation Banking

JJJ.  FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR SPECIES MITIGATION AND CONSERVATION BANKING

This panel will provide the latest information on Candidate Species Updates, State and Federal current and future mitigation policies related to species, and the implications for both public and private infrastructure projects. Course covers new mitigation policy related to species impacts for all USFWS agency actions under both the CWA and ESA.  Discussion of updated Imperiled Species Action Plans.  Get the latest information and hear the discussion on the implications for Florida. 

Moderators
SL

Sheri Lewin

President, Environmental Resource Marketing

Speakers
avatar for Silvia Alderman

Silvia Alderman

Partner, Akerman LLP
Board Certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice. Practicing Environmental and Land Use law since 1977
CC

Connie Cassler

Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist, US Fish & Wildlife Service
I have been working for the US Fish & Wildlife Service for 13 years, all of them in the South Florida Ecological Services Office in Vero Beach, Florida. Over that time I have worked on Everglades Restoration, Habitat Conservation Planning, Conservation Banking, and in our Regulatory... Read More →
DJ

David John

CEO, The Wetlandsbank Company
THE WETLANDSBANK COMPANY (TWC) is one of the nation’s most respected and successful mitigation bankers. TWC developed and sold out its wetland bank in Pembroke Pines, FL; the first credit transfers ever authorized by the Army Corps of Engineers. TWC has completed the transfer of the 2,778-acre Panther Island... Read More →
SS

Scott Sanders

Director, Office of Conservation Planning Services, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Fish and Wildlife Conservation considerations for land use planning and permitting.


Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm - 5:10pm EDT
Clearwater/ Orlando
 
Friday, July 21
 

10:30am EDT

MMM. Regulation, Management & Conservation of Wildlife

MMM.  REGULATION, MANAGEMENT & CONSERVATION OF WILDLIFE

Many species of wildlife protected by state and federal law are found throughout Florida’s diverse landscape.  The regulation of activities impacting  imperiled wildlife species impacts most development activities.  Many of these species spend some if not all of their life-cycles on land that is or has been historically managed for agriculture and silviculture.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission both recognize that agriculture provides a valuable benefit to the conservation and management of fish and wildlife in the state and have developed best management practices that reflect the industry’s existing contribution to the conservation and management of aquatic life and wildlife in Florida.  Properly implemented BMPs can exempt agricultural and silvicultural lands from certain imperiled species permitting guidelines, and the Commission is in the process of developing guidelines for a wide range of other state imperiled species where such BMPs may also play a role.  The Commission has also recently completed an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would allow the Commission to issue permits for the “take” of federally listed species instead of the Service. The members of this panel have been actively involved in the development and implementation of these important wildlife practices, policies, and guidelines. The panel will review current imperiled species guideline development, the development and implementation of the best management practices and how the guidelines and best management practices could affect the use of agricultural and other land in Florida and the southeastern United States.  The panel will also address different approaches for landowners and agencies to comply with federal law such as safe harbor agreements, habitat exchanges, and conservation banks.   

Moderators
AB

Adam Blalock

Counsel, Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.

Speakers
DH

Dave Hankla

Wildlife Conservation Specialist, Landscape Conservation Cooperative
SS

Scott Sanders

Director, Office of Conservation Planning Services, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Fish and Wildlife Conservation considerations for land use planning and permitting.


Friday July 21, 2017 10:30am - 12:10pm EDT
Caribbean Salon VII-VIII