Numerous land management activities are used to improve and protect wildlife habitat for game and non-game wildlife resources.
Through our land management and restoration efforts, St. Joe is protecting ecologically sensitive areas and preserving habitat for threatened and endangered species. From promoting outdoor recreation to working on large-scale watershed planning and protection, St. Joe strives to preserve the best of Northwest Florida.
St. Joe's systematic program of prescribed burns helps reduce the threat of wildfire and creates a healthier forest, producing forage that is more nutrient rich and palatable to wildlife. Our biologists, wildlife experts and foresters guide our land management and environmental planning process every step of the way. They continually identify and implement recognized best management practices.
Working closely with environmental and wildlife agencies, and many national, state and local environmental and conservation organizations, St. Joe has a proven record of going beyond what is required to preserve our natural resources.
St. Joe has pioneered large-scale planning and permitting to protect Northwest Florida watersheds by collaborating with a range of community leaders, government regulators, planners and environmentalists. Specifically, St. Joe worked with the state of Florida and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create a watershed protection plan that avoids piecemeal environmental impacts on more than 48,000 acres of our land that stretches from St. Andrews Bay to Choctawhatchee Bay. We are helping to protect the water resources of 19 sub-basins in the Western Bay County and Walton County watershed. Known as the Regional General Permit and Ecosystem Management Agreement, the agreement directs development to appropriate areas while creating a wildlife corridor that connects the two bays. Lands critical to the protection of public drinking water supplies have also been transferred into permanent protection.
Additionally, St. Joe is committed to protecting Streamside Management Zones. These areas are adjacent to lakes, streams or other watercourses where extra precautions in carrying out forest practices are necessary to protect water quality.
Harvested sites are either artificially or naturally regenerated. Foresters, biologists and wildlife experts guide our land management and environmental planning processes every step of the way. Forest wildlife management activities are being successfully integrated to improve wildlife habitat and protect, enhance and increase game and non-game resources.
Wildlife Game and Endangered Species
St. Joe has worked closely with conservation and environmental organizations, academic institutions and government agencies to preserve critical habitats and protect threatened and endangered species. We have worked successfully with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to inventory sites that provide the optimum habitat for the Red Cockaded Woodpecker, Flatwoods Salamander, Gopher tortoise and other threatened and endangered species and habitat types.
Other activities include: