The Florida Ecological Greenways Network
The Florida Ecological Greenways Network (FEGN) is a statewide database that identifies and prioritizes 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 the primary data layer used to inform the Florida Forever, Rural and Family Lands Protection Program and other state, federal, and regional land acquisition programs regarding the most important ecological corridors and intact landscapes across the state for protection of Florida’s native wildlife, ecosystem services, and ecological resiliency. It is also the key layer providing the science foundation for the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
One of the goals of the state greenways plan is to update the FEGN base boundary and priorities approximately every five years or so. The current update to the FEGN was completed in 2021. Primary goals of the update are to revise priority areas important for biodiversity conservation based on new or updated data, expand consideration of ecosystem services, incorporate additional ecological connectivity models, address potential sea level rise impacts on FEGN priorities, ensure functional ecological connectivity to other states, and to conduct boundary edits and data updates throughout the state.
The FEGN database is created and maintained by Center for Landscape Conservation Planning staff, and Tom Hoctor, Center Director, has led the creation, revision, and implementation of the FEGN since its inception in 1995 including policy work to support protection of the FEGN with many different state, federal, regional, and NGO partners. Key project partners include the Florida Conservation Group, Florida Wildlife Corridor, and Florida Natural Areas Inventory as well as technical advisory group members who have provided technical assistance, and private state agencies and foundations who have provided technical assistance and funding.
- Florida Office of Greenways and Trails: https://floridadep.gov/parks/ogt/content/florida-greenways-and-trails-system-plan-and-maps
- The final report describing the 2013 update of the FEGN (the most recent version approved by the Office of Greenways and Trails) can be found here.
- The CLIP 4.0 technical report and data including the 2016 FEGN update is available here.
- FEGN 2021 Update Final Report and FEGN 2021 Purpose and Limitations
2021 FEGN Priorities 1-3 (the Florida Wildlife Corridor) Data Download:
- FEGN Priorities 1-5 Shapefile (2.25 MB)
- FEGN Priorities 1-5 Raster (3.37 MB)
- FEGN Priorities 1-5 KML (1.06 KB)