About the Complex

Key West Complex pelican

The Key West NWR is part of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex along with the Great White Heron NWR, National Key Deer Refuge, and Crocodile Lake NWR.


Key West National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is managed as part of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.

Other refuges in the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex include: National Key Deer NWR, Great White Heron NWR, and Crocodile Lake NWR. The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at 28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043.