Contact refuge office
– 850/925-6121 or the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
dispatch – 888/404-3922
To report violations on the refuge, call the refuge office - 850/925-6121. Or to report violations occurring on any National Wildlife Refuge or other Fish and Wildlife Service-managed lands, you can call 1-844-NWR-TIPS (697-8477) or email NWR_Tips@fws.gov 24 hours a day.
Protecting resources and people on our refuges is the fundamental responsibility of refuge officers. The mission of the Refuge Law Enforcement Program is to support the administration of the National Wildlife Refuge System through the management and protection of natural, historic and cultural resources, property, and people on lands and waters of our national wildlife refuges.
Law enforcement is an integral part of managing the National Wildlife Refuge System. Refuge law enforcement officers are responsible for upholding federal laws and regulations that protect natural resources, the public, and employees. These are our objectives:
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The refuge is actively involved in the recovery of the red-cockaded woodpecker. The Service’s current Red-cockaded Woodpecker Recovery Plan (2003) has a panhandle population goal of 1,000 potential breeding groups, with a refuge goal of 71 active clusters. Active refuge management of the red-cockaded woodpecker population and habitat since 1980 has not only prevented extirpation, but also fostered population growth.