FWC News Release

Contact: Henry Cabbage 850-488-8843

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) heard a sobering summary of an unfinished staff report Wednesday concerning what might happen in Florida’s environment by 2060, unless residents and leaders adopt smart growth strategies.

The 28-page report, titled “Florida 2060: What’s at stake for wildlife?” should be completed later this summer. It notes, based on another report by 1000 Friends of Florida, that the state’s human population could double to 36 million, and millions of acres of important wildlife habitats could disappear beneath development, unless Florida adopts different growth patterns.

“We’re not saying this is what will happen; this is what might happen if Floridians don’t work together to help shape the future,” said the FWC’s Dr. Thomas Eason, who summarized the report. “The answers lie in the hands of landowners and residents.”

The report will be available for download at www.MyFWC.com when it is finished.

The FWC meeting at the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach will continue through Thursday.