Most Americans would likely say that the most iconic American animal is the Bald Eagle. Here in Florida, we have the pleasure of sharing our land with these majestic creatures. But how should landowners respond to the presence of Bald Eagles on land that is slated for development?
While Bald Eagles were de-listed back in 2007, there are still regulations that need to be followed regarding them. Bald Eagles are protected by legislation including the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Due to the guidelines provided by this legislation, no development may be done within 330 feet of a Bald Eagle nest. In most cases, no development will be allowed within 660 feet of the nest as well, but there are permits that may allow for some development between the 330 and 660 ft area.
For more information on Bald Eagles as well as other wildlife mitigation in the state of Florida, watch the video below in which Elaine Imbruglia of Modica & Associates sits down with The Land Journal for an in-depth discussion.
Elaine has 24 years of experience in ecological consulting and scientific studies. She has worked for the private, public and non-profit sectors. Imbruglia specializes in comprehensive environmental planning and strategic site design for large-scale projects.
Richard Dempsey, ALC, is a licensed real estate associate specializing in all types of agricultural land, citrus groves, large acreage tracts, ranches, hunting/recreational tracts, and commercial/development land. He has been associated with SVN Saunders Real Estate since 2000. Learn more about Richard.
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