About the Complex

Collier County, Florida is home to Ten Thousand Islands and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuges, collectively managed as the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex.



Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge 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.

 

Two Refuges located in Southwest Florida comprise the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex: 
Florida Panther and Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuges

The Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex headquarters is located at: 

 

 

12085 SR 29 South
Immokalee, FL 34142

 

The Southwest Florida Gulf Coast Refuge Complex can be reached via: 

Phone 239-657-8001    Fax 239-657-8002    Email floridapanther@fws.gov