The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and other public and private partners to help protect and manage Florida’s outstanding native species and the lands and waters they need to survive. Through our fund raising and grant making, the Foundation helps ensure that Floridians of all ages are able to experience the full wonder and beauty of wild Florida.
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.”
Florida Endangered Species Plan Approved
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is moving forward with a groundbreaking attempt to achieve conservation success with dozens of imperiled species throughout the state. At its meeting in St. Petersburg, the FWC approved the Imperiled Species Management Plan, a capstone on five years of work developing the plan, and over a decade of revising the listing process. In the plan, the details of conserving each of Florida’s 57 imperiled species are coupled with the broader approach of restoring habitats and addressing other large-scale issues essential to the long-term survival of multiple fish and wildlife species.
Foundation Announces 2016 BlueGreen Awards
St. Petersburg, FL – The non-profit Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida has announced its annual BlueGreen awards for Conservationist of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
Florida rancher Alto "Bud" Adams Jr. of St. Lucie County, is this year’s BlueGreen Conservationist of the Year, announced Foundation President and CEO Andrew Walker. A former president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association and named a landowner of the year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Adams is also a member of the Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame and well known for his pioneering work breeding cattle especially adapted to Florida’s environment.
Foundation, FWC & NPS Visit Miami’s Columbus High School
Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Board Member Ignacio Borbolla (white shirt, center) recently helped organize an event at his high school alma mater in Miami, leading to the National Park Service (NPS) selecting Christopher Columbus High School as one of the first schools to participate in their outreach program for youth. With the efforts of the high school’s Coach Michael Dukes, NPS officer and school alumnus Robert MacKarvich, and Captain Albert Maza of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the high school Anglers Club and students taking environmental science learned about the work and conservation impact of the FWC and Park Service. Several students received prizes from club sponsor Koski and Co., and fishing rods and reels donated by the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida.