The presence of protected species on a site does not preclude development; but may affect the extent and configuration of the development and the type of permitting required.  The overall impact of protected species on proposed development can vary depending on the species involved, the adopted management plans for the species, and the extent of the species on the site.  The first step in assessing the impact of the protected species on the development is to conduct a protected species survey to determine the population, and its distribution on the site.

 

The documentation of protected species on the site must be provided to the reviewing agencies (Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and local agencies) in adequate detail to be acceptable.  The staff of EAP, Inc. has worked closely with these agencies for almost twenty years, and is familiar with the appropriate survey methodologies for all species typically encountered, and many infrequently encountered.  Surveys conducted have addressed concerns for Bald Eagle, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Florida Scrub Jay, Sandhill Crane, Sherman’s Fox Squirrel, Gopher Tortoise, Burrowing Owl, and others.

 

Once a protected species has been documented on a property, it is important to assess the potential impact the project may have on the species.  Many species have restricted habitat requirements, and can be accommodated only in well-designed preserves.  Others, most frequently the Gopher Tortoise, can be removed from the property through the permitting process.  EAP, Inc. can design Preserve and Management Plans for the maintenance of protected species in on-site preserves, or assist in the removal of the protected species from the site through the permitting process.

Protected Species

Text Box: The presence of protected species does not preclude development, but may affect the extent and configuration of the Development.

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