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What does the public think about Florida’s endangered species?
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act being signed into law. Given the impact humans have on biodiversity, the PIE Center initiated a study to explore the attitudes, opinions, and knowledge of Floridians around the issue of endangered species. READ MORE.
Who is responsible?
Floridians are in favor of stricter regulation for sea turtle conservation; 65 percent of respondents agreed that the lighting restrictions should be stronger. READ MORE.
Even though Florida’s manatee populations are steadily growing, respondents strongly believe the gentle giants should still be protected.
Floridians prefer the expansion of Everglades restoration programs rather than commercial and residential development.
More than 80 percent of Floridians agreed they are likely to drive slower in areas where endangered species might be present, and 68 percent of participants are likely to slow down their boats in similar areas. READ MORE.
Voting & volunteering
Florida residents appear to consider environmental issues when choosing whom to vote for. Most respondents said they are likely or very likely to vote for candidates who support environmental conservation. READ MORE.
Balance with landowners
Floridians are willing to sacrifice some rights; 55 percent said that endangered species protection should interfere with a landowner’s right to develop their property. READ MORE.
Importance to Floridians
The majority of Floridians consider endangered species as extremely or highly important but ranked the issue well behind the economy, health care and food safety. READ MORE.
Causes of endangerment
Floridians correctly identify habitat loss as the main threat to plants and animals; 87 percent of respondents said that loss of habitat was a primary threat to endangered species. READ MORE.
What should be protected?
When asked how to prioritize conservation, 91 percent of respondents identified the severity and urgency of the threat, followed by the species importance to the ecosystem, as well as the rarity of the species. READ MORE.
Protecting native species
Florida’s native plants and animals are extremely important to most Floridians, but a recent statewide survey shows that residents don’t pay as much attention to fish and wildlife management practices. READ MORE.
Knowledge & news coverage
Despite a perceived lack of news coverage, Floridians consider themselves knowledgeable about endangered species and want to know more. READ MORE.
Florida residents feel like they have a choice to participate in environmental programs and strategies provided by the government. READ MORE.
This special report is a joint effort between the PIE Center and:
Mary Jane Angelo, Environmental & Land Use Law Program | Staci Braswell, Florida Farm Bureau Federation | Doria Gordon, Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy | Glenn Israel, UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education & Communication | Susan Jacobson, UF/IFAS Department of Wildlife Conservation & Ecology | Martha Monroe, UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources & Conservation