Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1974 to conserve the natural diversity of plants and animals, preserving cultural resources and providing opportunities for research and quality outdoor recreation. The US Fish and Wildlife Service protects Egmont Key’s vital habitat for threatened and endangered species, migratory birds and resident wildlife. Egmont Key is one of several islands that make up the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges, all contributing to protecting the rich natural and cultural resources of Tampa Bay, while maintaining the natural health and beauty of these islands.
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. Click on this link to view and download the Refuge's CCP.
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