Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge: Florida

 


The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge preserves the last remnant of the Northern Everglades in Palm Beach County, Florida.  For thousands of years, the Everglades ecosyatem stretched unbroken from Lake Okeechobee to the Florida Bay.  But since the early 1900’s , vast drainage canals, agriculture, and urban development have severely altered surface water flow, water quality, and wildlife habitat in the Northern Everglades.


In 1951, the refuge was established under the Migratory Bird Conservation Act and a license agreement with South Florida Water Management District.  The refuge land, or “interior,” is owned by the State of Florida and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Habitat management enhances diverse communities - wet prairies, sloughs, sawgrass, tree islands, and a remnant cypress forest for more than 250 bird species, endangered species such as the snail kite, a healthy population of alligators, other reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and more.


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Please visit www.fws.gov/loxahatchee for more information.

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