Save Our Endangered Florida Panther
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Nine Collier County landowners, including Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commissioner Aliese Priddy, have applied to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for an exemption to the Endangered Species Act for the impact caused to over fifteen endangered species from the proposed development of 53,000 acres with residential & commercial development, mining and oil drilling, including 25,000 acres of Primary Zone habitat for Panthers – over 10% of its remaining primary acreage in Florida. 107,000 acres have been offered by these landowners to be placed under conservation – but this acreage is already under local and state protections as preserved land. Worse still, activities such as oil drilling and exploration will be allowed in this conservation area, devaluing the land ecologically for the approximately 100 panthers remaining in the wild.
US Fish and Wildlife must reject the Eastern Collier Habitat Conservation Plan and Incidental Take Permit. This plan does not meet minimum FWS criteria per Section 10(a). It does not minimize and mitigate the impact of proposed development on endangered species, water resources, or habitat conservation the maximum extent practicable for the issuance of an Incidental Take Permit of such chronological scope and geographic size. All scientific evidence of the plan as currently written indicates that the impact of this development appreciably reduce the likelihood of recovery and survival for the Florida Panther in the wild. The Paul Marinelli Fund does not enumerate clearly enough that adequate funding will be available for conservation measures, and does not further address additional financial burdens which place unfair hardship on local taxpayers through road and infrastructure costs. As proposed, I do not support the HCP and ask that you deny it, requiring the applicants to come back with a more environmentally-responsible proposal.
As cited from the School of Holistic Living http://www.holisticlivingschool.org/panther/
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