Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Save the Florida Panther Day

Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the following proclamation recognizing tomorrow, March 21, as Save the Florida Panther Day.

Governor Scott said, “Florida is home to an abundance of natural resources that have brought people to our state for generations. This year, we are recommending an investment of $150 million toward land acquisition and management which will focus on protecting land for the Florida panther. This historic funding into Florida’s ecosystem ensures that species such as the Florida panther are protected and our Everglades remain preserved for generations to come. I am pleased to proclaim March 21, 2015 as Save the Florida Panther Day in our great state.”


WHEREAS, the people of the State of Florida treasure our wildlife and take pleasure in the natural heritage that has benefited generations of Floridians; and

WHEREAS, the Florida panther is the official state animal of the State of Florida; and

WHEREAS, the Florida panther is a magnificent subspecies and is a symbol of the natural character of Florida; and

WHEREAS, the State of Florida is the last sanctuary for the Florida panther within its former southeastern United States range; and

WHEREAS, it is critical that we work to rescue the Florida panther from the threat of extinction; and

WHEREAS, the Florida Legislature has established the third Saturday in March as Save the Florida Panther Day; and

WHEREAS, saving the Florida panther benefits the greater Everglades ecosystem; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting for Floridians to pause and reflect on the plight of the Florida panther and the task of preserving this rare component of Florida’s diverse natural resources as a legacy to generations of Floridians yet to come; and

WHEREAS, the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2015-16 proposed budget provides $150 million for land acquisition and management, with a focus on protecting the spaces needed for the Florida panther;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing March 21, 2015, as Save the Florida Panther Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capital, this 19th day of March, in the year two thousand fifteen.






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