Resource Management

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Caloosahatchee NWR is managed as a natural area. Periodic biological and wildlife population surveys are conducted by the partners and by Refuge Complex staff to assess wildlife communities utilizing the area. The refuge’s uplands and wetlands are maintained in their natural condition in order to provide undisturbed habitat for birds, fish, invertebrates, and other animals. Occasionally, the Refuge Complex staff chemically treats Brazilian pepper, an invasive exotic plant that threatens the overall plant community. Law enforcement patrols are routinely conducted for the protection of wildlife species, including the endangered West Indian manatee which is commonly seen in the waters surrounding the refuge.