According to the article, the report found that population growth will consume wildlife habitat covering an area of 7 million acres-equivalent to the size of Vermont-during the next 50 years. Species like the Florida scrub jay, burrowing owl and gopher tortoise will be at highest risk.
FWC's website has a synopsis of the study and copy of the report is available as a pdf download here. The website also has a list of questions for consideration by Floridians:
- Does your city or county have a local land acquisition program?
- Are roads in your community being designed and located to accommodate the needs of wildlife?
- Are you incorporating wildlife habitat conservation measures on your property?
- Does your community view the management of its green infra-structure in the same way it does upkeep and management of public roads, buildings or bridges?
- How does your community support prescribed burning of nearby public and private lands?
- How is your community conserving coastal forests, dunes, beaches and wetlands?
- How is your community safeguarding your region's water resources?
- Is your community protecting shoreline access and working waterfronts?