Since 1936, the Florida Wildlife Federation has been a conservation leader in Florida, protecting our state’s iconic species and wild places. One important distinction of the Federation, though, is our ability and propensity to use litigation as an effective tool to protect and conserve Florida’s natural beauty and precious resources.
Litigation for Conservation
Litigation is a fundamental pillar of the Federation’s conservation strategy, employed when traditional advocacy and outreach efforts prove insufficient in achieving the organization’s goals. The use of litigation allows the Federation to pursue legal remedies in cases where governmental agencies, corporations, or other entities may be failing to adequately protect or conserve Florida’s unique ecosystems, wildlife, and habitats.
The Federation’s use of litigation is not only reactive but also proactive. The organization may file lawsuits to challenge potentially damaging development projects, pollution permits, or other activities that could harm the environment before they even begin. By doing so, the Federation aims to prevent ecological harm and promote more sustainable practices, all within the bounds of the law.
By leveraging the legal system, the Federation can hold these entities accountable, ensuring that environmental laws and regulations are upheld and enforced.