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    New Trails Opening!

    Join us Saturday, October 10, 2015 for the grand opening of new hiking and biking trails on the Refuge

    Opening New Hiking and Biking Trails!

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    The Endangered Snail Kite

    The endangered snail kite helps the refuge by eating both native and non-native apple snails.

    Snail Kite

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    Everglades Water Quality

    To see the glory of pristine water quality, you must view the water through the shoots and roots of native Everglades flora.

    Everglades Water Quality

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    Fire Management

    Fire is an important part of Florida’s natural ecology. Prescribed burning seeks to reproduce the positive effects of natural wildfires.

    Fire Management


Volunteer at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR


Become a volunteer at the refuge today to help conserve and protect our nations' wildlife and teach thousands of visitors that their actions today determine the conservation legacy of tomorrow.

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About the Complex

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Refuge Complex

The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Refuge Complex is composed of two national widlife refuges in southeastern Florida.

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee is managed as part of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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On the Refuge

  • Invasive species create an imbalance in the ecosystem


    An invasive species is one that is not native to an ecosystem and which causes, or is likely to cause, economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Invasive species are harmful to our natural resources (fish, wildlife, plants and overall ecosystem health) because they disrupt natural communities and ecological processes. This causes harm to the native species because they are forced to compete with a new species for the same resources (food, water, shelter, etc.). The invasive species typically outcompete the native species for food and habitats and sometimes even cause their extinction. Even if the native species are not completely eliminated, the ecosystem often becomes much less diverse. A less diverse ecosystem is more susceptible to further disturbances from diseases and natural disasters.

    Invasive Species Management
  • Distinct Habitats of the Refuge


    The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is 143,954 acres of northern Everglades wetlands located in Palm Beach County. The native vegetative communities of the Everglades ecosystem found on the Refuge include a mosaic of wet prairies, sawgrass ridges, sloughs, tree islands, cattail communities, and a 400 acre cypress swamp, which is the largest intact cypress area remaining in the eastern Everglades system. These communities were historically rainfall driven and had low nutrient levels.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Snail kite - Lance Warley, Nile monitor - FWC
Last Updated: Oct 07, 2015
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