The Florida Ecological Greenways Network


Principal Investigator: Tom Hoctor, University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning


The goal of the Florida Ecological Greenways Network (FEGN) database is to identify and prioritize a functionally connected statewide ecological network of public and private conservation lands. The FEGN guides the Florida Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) ecological greenway conservation efforts, and promotes public awareness of the need for and benefits of a statewide ecological greenways network. It is also the primary data layer used to inform the Florida Forever and other state and regional land acquisition programs regarding the most important ecological corridors and intact landscapes across the state. 

 

One of the goals of the state greenways plan is to update the FEGN base boundary and priorities approximately every five years or so.  Beginning in 2010, the Conservation Trust for Florida and the University of Florida received a State Wildlife Grant to conduct a comprehensive update of the FEGN.  Dr. Tom Hoctor from the University of Florida’s Center for Landscape Conservation Planning worked with a technical advisory group to develop the new FEGN with updated and new statewide GIS data identifying biodiversity, water resource, and landscape conservation priorities and new modeling techniques to identify corridors for species including the Florida panther and Florida black bear.  The new FEGN was completed in July 2013 and approved by the Florida Greenways and Trails Council in December 2013.  Major changes in the new version of the FEGN include more emphasis on landscape and wildlife corridor conservation in south-central Florida, inclusion of intact landscapes from the coast to inland areas, and consolidation of the former eight FEGN priority levels to six priority levels. 


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