Resource Management

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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 

Trapping Occurs on this Refuge

Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations. Click here for more information on trapping within the National Wildlife Refuge System.