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Florida Lake Management Society Annual Conference, Naples, Florida, June 4 – 7, 2007

FLORIDA GAME AND FRESHWATER FISH COMMISSION – NEW FUNDING INITIATIVES

Bruce V. Jaggers Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Eustis, Florida

As a result of a 1998 constitutional amendment the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission was reorganized into the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on July 1, 1999. Internal reorganization has been ongoing since 1999 and as a part of

that reorganization development of partnerships and stakeholder input.

FWC The

projects is now focusing on teaming, multi-agency focus of the teaming aspect is to create a multi-

disciplinary approach to project representatives. An example of Chain of Lakes Standing Team Working Group. FWC funding

planning which includes participation by multiple species guild this process is an FWC multi-disciplinary team, the Kissimmee (KCOL) which also participates in the Kissimmee Interagency initiatives have also been reorganized to reflect our focus. The

former Lake Restoration Section Enhancement Section (AHRES). funding approval for projects. A

is now known as the Aquatic Habitat Restoration and An AHRES application process has been developed for key component of this application process is species guild

review. Priority funding is given to projects with multiple funding partners. those that address restoration or enhancement of fresh water aquatic habitat. public lands and demonstrate benefits to fish and wildlife.

Eligible projects are Projects must be on

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