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    The Florida Panther

    The Florida panther is the most endangered mammal in the eastern US. There are only between 120-180 left, all in South Florida.

    Florida Panther

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    Good Fires Prevent Bad Ones

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

    Prescribed Burning


Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

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About the Complex

Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex

Collier County, Florida is home to two national wildlife refuges, Florida Panther NWR and the Ten Thousand Islands NWR.

Florida Panther is managed as part of the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast 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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Happenings on the Refuge

  • Orchid Conservation and Research

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    Florida native orchids are faced with a constant threat of habitat alteration from agriculture and development, exotic plant invasion, poaching, and other adverse impacts to the ecosystem. While no Florida native orchid is federally listed as endangered or threatened, most Florida orchid species are State-listed as threatened or endangered and face the possibility of extinction if conservation and recovery plans are not investigated and instituted. Find out more about orchid research at Florida Panther NWR.

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  • Let's Go Outside

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    Nature turns frowns upside down. Studies indicate that children who play and explore outdoors are less stressed and may further benefit by learning confidence and social skills. In nature, kids and families get a chance to move at life’s natural pace, where time disappears, no one is bored, and exploration turns into fun adventure.

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Page Photo Credits — Panther eyes - Larry W. Richardson/USFWS, Brazillian Pepper - Jenny Evans/SCCF, Prescribed burn by USFWS firefighters - Larry W. Richardson/USFWS, Clamshell Orchid - © Larry W. Richardson, Red-cockaded woodpecker - © Larry W. Richardson
Last Updated: May 04, 2015
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