Coastal Plains Institute

The Coastal Plains Institute (CPI) is a nonprofit organization in Florida. It’s main purpose is the preservation of the biotic diversity of the Coastal Plain of the southeastern United States. CPI believes its main objective can best be achieved through two activities: Education and Research. It is hoped that through these activities the biotic diversity of the US Coastal Plain will be preserved forever.


Creation of Remote Footprints
We have created a new environmental education and research branch of CPI with a mission to utilize experiential outdoor learning and scientific exploration as tools to inspire individuals and families to appreciate biodiversity and remote and roadless areas. Click here to learn more about Remote Footprints.

Building Communities that Conserve Wetlands  Remote Footprints has a one year grant with Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to incorporate an environmental education component to the striped newt repatriation project as well as create an Adopt an Ephemeral Wetland program.  This project combines state standards-aligned activities and citizen scientist training to conserve the biodiversity of temporary wetlands of Northern Florida.

A Conservation Strategy for the Imperiled Striped Newt - In 2011, we entered into a Cost Share Agreement with the Apalachicola National Forest to conduct a 5-year project that uses repatriation and short-term wetland augmentation to help a critically imperiled amphibian species avoid local extirpation or even extinction. Click here to read the latest annual report.

Striped Newt Petition - In July of 2008, CPI petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service to list the Striped Newt as a federally threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. We will post any information regarding the outcome of this petition here.

Brochure: Florida’s Ephemeral Ponds and Pond-Breeding Amphibians for public and private landowners and land managers. Feel free to print and distribute.