Florida Trustees Seek Public Comment on Draft Restoration Plan
The Florida Trustee Implementation Group has released its Draft Restoration Plan 2 and Environmental Assessment (PDF, 452 pages). The draft plan is consistent with the Trustees' Programmatic Restoration Plan and proposes projects for restoring natural resources and services injured or lost in Florida as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We will accept public comment through March 29, 2021. We will conduct a public webinar on March 11, 2021.
The suite of 19 restoration projects proposed in this draft plan includes projects that address the restoration types listed below. The projects, if approved, will be funded by each respective restoration type:
• Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands (four proposed projects)
• Sea Turtles (three proposed projects)
• Marine Mammals (one proposed project)
• Birds (four proposed projects)
• Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities (seven proposed projects)
One project addresses both the Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands and the Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities restoration types, but is only counted under the Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands restoration type above. If approved, it would be funded by both restoration types. The approximate cost to implement all the proposed projects is $62,200,000.
Public Comment and Webinar
The public is encouraged to review and comment on the draft plan through March 29, 2021 by submitting comments online, by mail, or during the public webinar.
• Online: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/FLTIGRP2
• By mail:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 29649 Atlanta, GA 30345
We will hold a public webinar on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 5:00pm Eastern Time. We will present the draft plan and take comments during the webinar.
• Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4537956480105991181
• After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar. A GoToWebinar system check is recommended before attending.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.