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  • Federation Decries Killing of Florida Panther
    FWF Scholarship Fund Federation Decries Killing of Florida Panther Date 05 22 2012 Golden Gate Estates is a partially developed area in southwest Florida s Collier County which now provides vital habitat for one of the most endangered large cats left on the planet the Florida panther Over the last fifty years the state and federal government and her taxpayers have spent millions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of hours in a valiant attempt to save this symbol of natural Florida The panther is also the apex animal predator and is the keystone to ecological health in the region It is estimated that the panther once enjoying a thriving population throughout the Deep South and now relegated it southwest Florida numbers approximately 120 individuals Unfortunately all of this good work falls flat in the face of the amoral and the unethical A 45 year old man was recently found guilty of killing a panther with a bow and arrow in Golden Gate Estates He killed the panther and hid the carcass Due to good investigative work from law enforcement the perpetrator was apprehended He faces fines a jail sentence and a term of probation concurrent with the loss of his hunting privileges The Florida Wildlife Federation was founded by hunters and we support this activity and all outdoor recreation so as to get Floridians into the woods and onto the waters We want them to become stewards of what remains of our natural areas We do not support and wholeheartedly condemn any unethical activity which takes our natural resources in violation of our laws FWC rules or ethics The man who killed this panther has given a black eye to all hunters by affording the public the vast majority of which do not hunt the impression that hunters are

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  • Plan must combine clean energy, conservation
    the challenge This will not only reduce fossil fuel use but it will save consumers money by giving them more bang for the buck We should and can through conservation reduce the amount of energy we use All of us need to be a part of the effort Everyone should do their fair share For example turning our thermostats up on hot days and down a touch on cold days will make a difference Wearing a little extra clothing in winter and less clothes in summer is not too difficult a task Another very important element in any credible energy plan is the development of alternative sources of energy wind solar nuclear and natural gas We have a great deal of natural gas right here in the United States and it will in time help us to substantially reduce the use of coal and oil In the process the United States will move away from our dependence on foreign oil from unstable regions in the world This also makes good sense from the standpoint of national security There s a lot riding on our ability to implement an energy plan that addresses the problems we will continue to face In the meantime the melting of Arctic ice and glaciers that provide water for half of our planet continues and that creates enormous problems and especially in the undeveloped areas of the world We must reduce the burning of fossil fuels and America must lead the way We recently have seen an increase in the intensity of storms that cause such bad beach erosion and create storm surges that destroy properties and place so many lives at risk Sandy s devastation should remain forever etched in our minds Mankind s significant contribution to climate change may be doubted by a few

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  • NEW STUDY SHOWS POLICIES, NOT ECONOMY, DRIVE CARBON REDUCTIONS
    and the lagging economy alone account for recent and expected declines in U S carbon emissions The study and accompanying analysis show that counted together eight policies already in place at local state and federal levels account for more reductions 46 percent than the recession or natural gas as projected by 2020 Additional smaller scale policies and price changes add up to 27 percent more impact The role of the economy on projected emissions reductions is estimated at 22 percent in 2020 and eighteen percent in 2030 Working from Energy Information Administration data the study cites current projections for carbon pollution and its equivalent as 23 percent lower by 2020 than the estimates made in 2005 for the same period and 69 percent closer to President Obama s stated climate goals Although the economic downturn was the single largest reduction driver energy and transportation policies collectively account for a bigger share Those policies include state renewable portfolio standards energy efficiency requirements car mileage rules and other actions that affect national energy production and use Our study shows that actions from the city to federal level are working these programs are already lowering greenhouse gas emissions and helping better protect our country from climate change related impacts said Tom Peterson CCS President and CEO and report co author These are not far off solutions still being tested in a lab or on a computer These are practical approaches that not only help fight climate change but also create new markets and investments protect our national energy security and make communities safer and more sustainable Sustainable energy and transportation policies now in place at the local state and federal levels will account for a growing share of projected emissions reductions over time rising from 46 percent in 2020 to 58 percent in

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  • New Report - A Turning Point for Florida Offshore Wind Energy
    of the best offshore wind energy resources in the world the technology to harvest it is ready right now and we have workers ready to do the job said Catherine Bowes the National Wildlife Federation s senior manager for new energy solutions and lead author of the report We need to take advantage of this golden opportunity to make our electricity supply cleaner more wildlife friendly and more secure Florida residents get a double win with offshore wind energy not only does our economy benefit from the jobs and energy security that wind energy brings but especially as a coastal state we all benefit from cutting the carbon pollution that s fueling sea level rise and stronger hurricanes said Jay Liles Policy Consultant to the Florida Wildlife Federation Congress needs to act now and send a clear signal that America is committed to clean energy Among the highlights of the report Offshore wind energy will be an economic powerhouse Harnessing just 52 gigawatts of Atlantic offshore wind energy just 4 percent of the estimated generation potential of this massive resource could generate 200 billion in economic activity create 300 000 jobs and sustain power for about 14 million homes Leadership is urgently needed at both the state and federal level to ensure offshore wind energy becomes a reality o President Obama should set a clear national goal for offshore wind energy development Federal regulators must continue to move forward with an efficient environmentally responsible permitting process for offshore wind projects that grants leases to developers by the end of 2012 Leases must include strong safeguards for coastal and marine wildlife o Congress needs to step up and provide much needed tax incentives such as the Investment Tax Credit Production Tax Credit and Advanced Energy Project Credit to advance this new

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/News-and-Pressroom/New-Report---A-Turning-Point-for-Florida-Offshore-Wind-Energy.aspx (2016-05-01)
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  • Capitol Watch Week 3
    Calendar to be voted upon by the entire House after approval by the State Affairs Committee this week Advocates for numeric nutrient criteria including FWF argue that polluters are pushing the costs associated with their pollution onto the backs of taxpayers and diminishing the property values of those affected by polluted runoff Invariably we pay more to clean up a polluted river lake or stream after it has been degraded The Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation agreed to a companion bill SB 2060 which was approved by the Committee on Monday of this week Extending Water Use Permits The House Select Committee on Water Policy unanimously approved a committee bill that would extend Consumptive Use Permits CUPs for water withdrawal s from 20 to 30 years for alternative water supply projects Current state law provides a maximum 20 year permit limit Utilities and industry groups in support of the bill say extending the permit period is necessary to encourage utilities to secure long term funding for alternative water projects They argue that competition for fresh water supplies will require construction of new reservoirs and aquifer storage projects Advocates for the environment and conservation urged the committee to use caution in extending the permit period Without appropriate safeguards water for wetlands floodplains estuaries and other downstream users may be threatened Audubon of Florida Executive Director Eric Draper urged the committee to consider applying the same public interest test to public water supply projects that is required of other water uses The bill as proposed provides little if any safeguards for public input or challenges to permit approvals The bill has yet to be assigned a number or committee of reference Oil and Gas exploration on State Lands HB 695 which would encourage oil exploration and drilling on state lands was approved by the House Energy Utilities Subcommittee Under the bill the Cabinet which oversees the use of state lands must approve any such public private partnership agreement f or oil and gas drilling proposals Some committee members raised questions about whether sensitive environmental lands could be protected and why state land leases wouldn t be open to a public bidding process once oil or gas was discovered The bill in its amended form was approved by an 11 1 vote The bill has two more committee stops The committee also held a workshop on Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam s proposals for energy legislation Putnam s proposal would allow utilities to charge their customers more for up to 75 megawatts per year or one percent of their power generation whichever is less Those of us who have been encouraged by the move of energy policy to the Commissioner s office see his initial proposals as rather tepid To concerns that these proposals do not go far enough to encourage expanded renewable energy production Chair Plakon had this to say I think to get the ball rolling on a comprehensive energy policy though perhaps it is not as much as some

    Original URL path: http://www.fwfonline.org/News-and-Pressroom/Capitol-Watch-Week-3.aspx (2016-05-01)
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  • Obama Administration Announces Additional $80 Million in Everglades Restoration
    Rachel Jacobson and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo Ellen Darcy released the report and made the funding announcement today in Kissimmee FL The Everglades are an icon an American treasure and essential to the health and economy of Florida communities said Sutley With the President s leadership we are making real and measurable progress in Everglades restoration dramatically increasing Federal funding launching key construction projects and working with the State and other partners to deliver results on the ground There is much more to do and we are committed to returning this majestic natural resource to health President Obama has made restoring the iconic Everglades a national priority Vilsack said Restoring these wetlands demonstrates a strong commitment to partnerships with ranchers and farmers to improve water quality and habitat protection while supporting Florida s strong agricultural economy and ranching heritage These investments are paying off creating nearly 7 000 jobs in Florida s economy and preserving thousands of acres of precious wetlands for future generations to enjoy The Everglades are one of America s most treasured places for the people of Florida and for visitors and tourists from all over the world said Ken Salazar Secretary of the U S Department of the Interior By working together in pursuit of President Obama s vision for a renewed and healthy Everglades we honor the stewardship of generations of Florida cattle ranchers and other landowners who understood that we all have a stake in preserving the health of our land water and wildlife Under the President s leadership our commitment to restoring the Everglades is benefiting the environment and the Florida economy creating jobs while protecting this unique place for years to come The Everglades are essential to the environmental and economic strength of so many Florida communities The health of this ecosystem affects everything from water quality and biodiversity to tourism an industry that supports thousands of jobs across the state said EPA Administrator Lisa P Jackson The success we ve already seen in restoring the land water and wildlife of the Everglades shows how investments in America s extraordinary outdoors are also investments in our health and our economic future Thanks to the additional funding announced today we can expand our efforts to protect this vital watershed and build upon the progress that s already been made In the last three years there has been unprecedented restoration progress in the Everglades said Darcy President Obama has invested more than 130 million to restore flood plains and waters that flow from the Kissimmee River The Kissimmee River restoration project is the largest restoration project undertaken by the Corps to date and the benefits are already being realized Since 2009 the federal family and the State of Florida have invested in and broken ground on seven restoration projects We have seized the opportunity for stakeholders to work together toward common goal of restoring the Everglades Working in partnership with the State of Florida Tribes and local leaders since 2009 the Administration

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  • HELP OUR WETLANDS BY MAKING YOUR VOICE HEARD
    Partners Affiliate Organizations Conservation Allies Friends Donations of Stock Special Donations Programs FWF Photo Contest Create A Wildlife Habitat GreenStar Certification Sweepstakes FWF Scholarship Fund HELP OUR WETLANDS BY MAKING YOUR VOICE HEARD Date 06 01 2012 Tell Governor Scott and DEP Secretary Vinyard to Protect Florida s Wetlands The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is on the verge of issuing a permit that will weaken Florida s wetland protections

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  • Capitol Watch Week 7
    Transportation Trust Fund r esulting in an estimated increase of about 130 million for road building in the coming fiscal year and more than 400 million in future years Florida Forever and Everglades Funding Conference Committees are meeting to hash out differences between the House and Senate on a number of issues including essential funding for Florida Forever and Everglades restoration The Senate has n ow accepted the House position on the Everglades agreeing to 30 million in the 2013 14 proposed state budget This is 10 million short of the Governor s request While negotiations continue Florida Forever has yet to be funded by either the Senate or the House The Governor recommended 15 million to keep this program alive and we continue to hear that chief budget negotiators are working to see that funding is part of the budget Thus your efforts at encouraging the House and Senate members to include funding for both of these important issues is proving to be very helpful and will no doubt be critical to our ultimate success Please take a moment to write to the following legislators who sit as conferees on the important budget committee Ask them to support the Governor s proposal for funding Florida Forever and Everglades restoration Email Addresses will weatherford myfloridahouse gov steve crisafulli myfloridahouse gov trudi williams myfloridahouse gov denise grimsley myfloridahouse gov leonard bembry myfloridahouse gov frank artiles myfloridahouse gov jim boyd myfloridahouse gov tom goodson myfloridahouse gov elizabeth porter myfloridahouse gov franklin sands myfloridahouse gov gary aubuchon myfloridahouse gov charles chestnut myfloridahouse gov chris dorworth myfloridahouse gov james frishe myfloridahouse gov doug holder myfloridahouse gov dorothy hukill myfloridahouse gov mia jones myfloridahouse gov john legg myfloridahouse gov carlos lopez cantera myfloridahouse gov seth mckeel myfloridahouse gov ron saunders myfloridahouse gov robert schenck myfloridahouse gov william snyder myfloridahouse gov alexander jd web flsenate gov negron joe web flsenate gov bennett mike web flsenate gov gaetz don web flsenate gov gardiner andy web flsenate gov joyner arthenia web flsenate gov rich nan web flsenate gov thrasher john web flsenate gov hays alan web flsenate gov braynon oscar web flsenate gov bullard larcenia web flsenate gov portilla miguel web flsenate gov dockery paula web flsenate gov jones dennis web flsenate gov If pasting the email addresses does not work in your email try separating them by semicolons rather than the commas below Sample Letter Re Support funding to Florida Forever Everglades Restoration Dear Florida Senators and Representatives Please save Florida Forever by adding 15 million to the budget as the Governor has proposed Florida Forever is vitally important to protect water resources endangered ecosystems and natural areas and is also used to buffer and thereby protect our military bases Please also meet the Governor s 40 million request on Everglades restoration so that this essential project can continue Sincerely YOUR NAME Water Management District Funding and Autonomy at risk Proposed SB 1986 formerly SPB 7092 would further diminish regional control of water management and limit the

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