The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida works closely with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and other public and private partners to protect the full array of our state’s native animals and plants and the lands and waters they need to survive. We are also dedicated to ensuring public access to Florida’s outstanding natural areas, and we work closely with the Florida Youth Conservation Center Network to help provide 100,000 children and adolescents every year with formative outdoor experiences. Since 1994, the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida has raised and given away more than $25 million to support conservation. Recent grants include the following:
- Given $325,000 to outfit the new Suncoast Youth Conservation Center in Apollo Beach with kayaks, fishing gear, binoculars, microscopes, aquariums, furniture and much more.
- Purchased with Volusia County’s help a one-acre parcel in New Smyrna Beach as a public boat launch managed by the nonprofit Marine Discovery Center.
- Made a $325,000 challenge grant, matched by a $500,000 State appropriation, to provide homeowners across Florida with bear-proof garbage cans to minimize bear-human conflicts.
- Invested $36,000 in successful development of a smartphone app for reporting fish disease and mortality events.
- Made grants of $450,000 over the past three years to multiple organizations working to restore and conserve Florida’s famous freshwater springs.
- Provided $70,000 for improving mobility-impaired access to state Wildlife Management Areas as well as funding for new deer-cleaning stations.
- Provided $261,000 in research funds for the critically endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow.
- Cooperated with the Florida Aquarium and Tampa Electric Company to grow native corals for restoring dead reefs in the Florida Keys.
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"The Foundation awarded $220,000 to manage 16 newly designated FWC Critical Wildlife Areas, which include rookeries for shorebirds and wading birds like the roseate spoonbill.” Photo Credit FWC.
Fish & Wildlife Foundation Awards $345,000 in Florida Conservation Grants
Children, bears and birds were the primary beneficiaries of $345,000 in conservation grants given out this week by the nonprofit Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida (FWFF).
Meeting on Key Largo, the FWFF Board of Directors approved a $100,000 grant to help local communities purchase bear-resistant trash cans for homeowners. This follows the Foundation’s 2016 grant of $325,000 for bear-resistant cans, which was matched by a $500,000 commitment by the State of Florida. Human-bear conflict is increased when food is in garbage cans that bears can open, said Foundation Board Chair Richard A. Corbett, in explaining the Foundation’s commitment to this program.
Richard Corbett Named Foundation Chair
Tampa businessman and FWC Chairman Emeritus Richard A. “Dick” Corbett has been elected chair of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.
The appointment came during the March 27 – 28 meeting of the board of directors of the nonprofit foundation.
“I’m very pleased to be turning the gavel over to Dick Corbett,” said outgoing Foundation Chair Rodney Barreto, who is stepping down as chair to lead Miami’s preparation for the 2020 Super Bowl. “Dick is a life-long conservationist and outdoorsman and has served the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and our Foundation for many years. He brings considerable dedication and business acumen to this role.”
Former FL House Speaker Steve Crisafulli Joins Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Board
Civic leader and agribusinessman Steve Crisafulli has been appointed to a three-year term to the Board of Directors of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.
A seventh-generation Floridian, Mr. Crisafulli continues to work lands owned for nearly a century by his family from Merritt Island. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008 and served as Speaker of the House for the 2014 – 2016 term, the first Brevard County native to do so.
Foundation Board Chair Rodney Barreto said he was delighted to welcome Mr. Crisafulli to the Board. “Steve has been an extraordinary leader in all of his community, business and legislative endeavors. His thoughtful pragmatism, deep ties to the land, and dedication to preserving Florida’s natural heritage and traditional outdoor past-times make him an ideal addition to our Board.”
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