National Key Deer Refuge
Southeast Region
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Welcome to National Key Deer Refuge

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Photo by Brian Scott.
The National Key Deer Refuge was established in 1957 to protect and preserve Key deer and other wildlife resources in the Florida Keys. The refuge is located in the lower Florida Keys and currently consists of approximately 9,200 acres of land that includes pine rockland forests, tropical hardwood hammocks, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh wetlands, and mangrove forests. These natural communities are critical habitat for hundreds of endemic and migratory species including 17 federally-listed species such as Key deer, lower Keys marsh rabbit, and silver rice rat.




Getting There . . .

The National Key Deer Refuge headquarters is located on Big Pine Key which is 100-miles south of Miami and 30-miles north of Key West on Highway US-1. The refuge visitor center is located ΒΌ-mile north of the traffic light on Key Deer Boulevard in the Big Pine Key Shopping Plaza. The administrative headquarters is located at the west end of Watson Boulevard.

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Interested in volunteering?

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Come join us at FAVOR (Friends And Volunteers Of Refuges). We're here to support the refuges of the Florida Keys through education, volunteering, non-adversarial advocacy, and fundraising.

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Events & News

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2015 Proposed Prescribed Burn Maps (PDF)

Mosquito Management Plan EA

Mosquito Management Plan - Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

Mosquito Management Plan - FONSI Attachment C

Native Plant Alternatives (PDF)

Last updated: August 26, 2015