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As a national wildlife refuge, our priority is to provide quality habitat for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of the public. Existing issues like beach erosion, invasive plant infestations, and climate change constantly threaten the integrity of native habitats essential for the continued existence of wildlife. Management actions are intended to mitigate habitat degradation so visitors like you may experience nature at its best. 

1) Wildlife habitat management – These activities help improve, maintain and sustain the habitats and wildlife populations of Egmont Key. Healthy native habitats are managed by:

a) establishing protected areas
b) prescribed fires
c) invasive plant eradication
d) beach re-nourishment 

Monitoring is an important part of management as a means to evaluate the response of wildlife and habitat to these actions. Surveys and research studies are valuable tools to study such responses. 

2) Law Enforcement – Through the enforcement of federal law, law enforcement officers help protect wildlife and other resources. Visitors can help protect Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge by:

a) remaining on designated beaches and trails
b) obeying posted and closed areas
c) avoidance of wildlife disturbance
d) avoidance of taking or collecting historical artifacts

3) Public Recreation – Recreation opportunities are provided in non-sensitive areas. While on the refuge, visitors may engage in:

a) Wildlife observation
b) wildlife photography
c) Beach use for sunbathing and snorkeling
d) hiking
e) fishing 

Last Updated: Aug 02, 2016
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