What We Do

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge has a fire management plan in place that allows the National Wildlife Refuge System to fulfill its mission to conserve and restore fish, wildlife and plant resources for the benefit of present and future generations. As part of the Comprehensive Conservation Plans and Environmental Assessments for the Refuge, a program is in place to manage any wildland fires and to conduct prescribed fires that help mitigate wildfire damage, encourage new growth of native vegetation, and maintain those habitats for the benefit of plant and animal species that depend on periodic fire. 

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is also involved in beach nourishment and habitat restoration projects, wildlife surveys, invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

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removal, animal conservation programs. 


Management and Conservation

Invasive Species Control: Exotic, invasive, and nuisance species are serious threats to fish and wildlife in Florida. Archie Carr Partnership staff control exotic, invasive, and nuisance species on the Archie Carr Refuge that threaten the survival of many species by displacing or killing individuals, destroying habitats, and disrupting ecological communities. In efforts to combat these noxious, invasive plants, chemical and mechanical control of Brazilian pepper, melaleuca, air potato, rosary pea, guinea grass, Chinese tallow tree, cogon grass, and Japanese climbing fern is conducted on the refuge.

Endangered Species Management & Monitoring: The Archie Carr Partnership Refuge monitors and studies sea turtles to increase sea turtle knowledge and nest survival.

Law Enforcement

The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System Law Enforcement program is: "Through Education and enforcement we protect our employees, volunteers, and visitors; safeguard the public’s investment in facilities and equipment; and protect the integrity of the habitat and the wildlife resources of the National trust resource which is the 150 million acre National Wildlife Refuge System.”