Endangered & Threatened species (often referred to as “imperiled species”) are protected by both federal and state laws. The presence of imperiled species, their dens/nests, eggs, or habitat on private property can impact planned projects and the use of private property. Hopping Green & Sams has experience in evaluating and assisting clients when issues arise concerning endangered and threatened species.
Very often, issues involving imperiled species can involve state agencies, including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Department of Economic Opportunity, as well as federal agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
We work with our clients, their consultants, and regulatory agencies to ensure a project complies with imperiled species protections. We work proactively with regulatory agencies in the development of rules, regulations, and management plans for imperiled species. With Florida’s extensive waterways, we are involved in marinas, boating interests, and other recreational uses. Our experience includes terrestrial, marine, and wetland-dependent animal and plant species. Our firm is experienced in permitting, species mitigation and ecosystem management strategies, and developing agreements with the goal of ensuring that our clients’ projects move forward.