Ecological Services & Fisheries Resources Office
Gail A. Carmody, Project Leader
Panama City ES and
Fisheries Resources Office
1601 Balboa Avenue
Panama City, FL 32405
Phone: 850/769 0552
Fax: 850/763 2177
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Longleaf pine and other pine lands
were the historic landcover of much
of northwest Florida. Work is
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and the diverse natural communities
that once were interspersed.
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of Mexico rivers and estuaries.
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The coastal ,' /I. .., is the most
well known natural feature in
northwest Florida. A delicate balance
is struck between ., i,.-t; ,. this
popular recreation site and
preserving the unique natural
features that attract human use.
The Panama City Field Office
provides ..... .i education and
outreach services to the local
* Established: 1973.
* FY 05 budget: $1,848,000.
* Staff: 16
* Key cities: Tallahassee, Panama
City, Ft. Walton Beach, and
* Ecosystem management
* Protection of instream flow
requirements of aquatic
* Restoration and stewardship of
long-leaf pine forest habitats.
* Conservation of wetlands.
* Conservation of coastal dune
* Restoration of riparian habitats.
* Maintenance of the integrity of
the Apalachicola, Ochlockonee,
Escambia, Perdido basins and
St. Andrew, St. Joseph, and
Pensacola Bay systems.
Restoration and Recovery of:
* Anadromous species.
* Endangered beach mice.
* Threatened sea turtles.
* Endangered red-cockaded
* Endangered and threatened pine
* Endangered freshwater mussels.
* Endangered Okaloosa darter.
* Threatened flatwoods salamander.
Services Provided to:
* Landowners, private citizens.
* Military bases.
* National Forest.
* Other Federal and state agencies.
* Interstate organizations.
* Conservation organizations.
* Local governments.
* Assist in the conservation of the
coastal system by working with
public land managers to protect
and restore habitats of beach
mice and sea turtles.
* Lead activities related to the
recovery of the threatened Gulf
* Coordinate the restoration of the
striped bass on the Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flint river system
by collection of broodstock,
I ,.:iji., and habitat protection.
* Assist Corps of Engineers in the
protection and restoration of
wetlands in Northwest Florida
through the wetland permitting
* Assess known or suspected
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contaminant problems affecting
fish and wildlife resources in
northern Gulf of Mexico
drainages and estuaries, and
recommend ways to resolve.
m Provide guidelines to evaluate
instream flow needs of aquatic
m Help to develop, fund, and
implement habitat restoration
measures following hurricanes.
* Actively participate in ecosystem
management partnerships for
northwest Florida bays and
m Assist in funding the restoration
of stream and riparian habitats in
the watersheds of the northern
Gulf of Mexico.
m Coordinate the recovery of plants
endemic to northwest Florida.
* Consult with Federal land
managers (military bases,
National Forest, National Park,
and Corps of Engineers) on
activities that may affect
endangered or threatened
species and find opportunities for
species protection consistent with
* Provide technical assistance for
fishery management on national
wildlife refuges, military bases
and other Federal lands in
Florida, Alabama, and south
m Work with private landowners to
achieve common conservation
m Assist public land managers in
red cockaded woodpecker
m Develop geographic information
system (GIS) tools to improve
decisionmaking affecting fish and
* Conduct public education and
outreach activities in support of
fish and wildlife conservation.
m Work with the State of Florida to
protect migratory birds
(waterfowl, wading birds,
neotropicals, etc.) and the
habitats they depend upon.
Questions and Answers
If there is an endangered species on
my property, are there restrictions on
what I can do ?
There may be. It is illegal to harm or
harass an endangered species.
Continuing your normal activities is
no problem. If you are planning
construction work or other major
changes, it is best to check with our
office before proceeding. You will
need a special permit from the
Service and/or the state if your work
will harm a Federal or state protected
Can I still grow pine trees for
silviculture purposes and help red-
cockaded woodpeckers ?
Yes. The Service has been working
with private landowners in the
southeast to provide guidance and
management recommendations that
allow silviculture activities and
conservation of red-cockaded
woodpeckers. Management work
includes conducting certain forestry
activities outside the bird's breeding
season, protecting the bird's nesting
tree cluster, and using other forestry
activities that benefit forestry
production and the woodpecker such
as prescribed burning.
Where can I obtain information on
endangered species ?
There are several sources. On the
INTERNET, the Service has
information at www.fws.gov.
Information can also be obtained
from our field office, the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, and the Florida
Department of Environmental
Can I help in the recovery of
endangered species and if so, how?
First, start out at home, by being a
good land steward on your property.
Landscape using only native plants;
they benefit local wildlife and save
you money because they require less
care and maintenance. Support
community involvement in
conservation of wetlands, bays,
rivers, forests and coastal habitats.
These areas provide habitat for
wildlife species as well as enjoyable
recreational opportunities, drinking
water supplies, and economic benefits
including tourism and some industry.
Where can I get information about
taking care of my private fish pond?
From the University of Florida
Cooperative Extension Service and
the Florida Game and Fresh Water
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Is there money available to help
wildlife on my land?
There are opportunities for cost-
sharing partnerships through several
Assistance and information on these
programs are available through
Can I, and how do I go about
importing wildlife from outside
Contact our office for referral to the
proper authority in Atlanta
What does the Gulf sturgeon look like
and where does it live?
The fish is easily recognized by a row
of bony plates, or scutes along the
body. It can grow longer than nine
feet and weigh more than 300 pounds.
It has a suction type mouth located
beneath its head. The Gulf sturgeon
lives in the northern Gulf of Mexico,
bays, estuaries, and in major rivers in
Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and
Florida. It is an anadromous fish,
migrating into freshwater from
saltwater to spawn.
Can you stillfish for Gulf sturgeon?
No, the Gulf sturgeon is listed as a
threatened species by the federal
government and a species of special
concern by the state of Florida.
Recreational and commercial fishing
is prohibited by the states of Florida,
Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
Can I volunteer at the Panama City
Yes, volunteers are valuable to the
management of our Nation's fish and
wildlife resources. Volunteers
perform a variety of tasks, including
fish and wildlife surveys, public
outreach, clerical and administrative
duties, and computer work. Anyone
under 18 years must have written