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Southern bald eagles, sea turtles, and other protected animal and plant species are afforded habitat protection ​through several Lee County land development regulations. In 1986, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners adopted Southern bald eagle nest guidelines and created an Eagle Technical Ad​visory Committee (ETAC). Environmental Sciences and ETAC members monitor bald eagle nests throughout Lee County and provide technical advice to landowners on bald eagle biological requirements.

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Other protected animals include species such as the gopher tortoise, wood stork, ​fox squirrel and eastern indigo snake. Protected plants include species such as the joewood, beautiful paw-paw, Curtis milkweed and Florida coontie. A complete list of protected animal and plant species is located under Appendix H of the Lee County Land Development County. Additional information.
 
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A survey for protected animal and plant species is required for most new development projects; A species management plan is required if protected species occur on a development site. For more information regarding bald eagles, sea turtles, and other protected species, call 239-533-8585.
  

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​Methodology​

Lee Listed ​Species Survey Method
picture of fox squirrelfor use with the Lee County Protected Species Ordinance

Alternative Spe​c​ies Survey Method
Kevin L. Erwin Consulting Ecologist, Inc.

Endangered Species Survey Method
Southern Biomes, EIS

Modified Meandering Strip Census
Prepared by Wilson, Miller, Barton & Peek, Inc., April 3, 1998​