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About the Complex
The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Refuge Complex is composed of two national widlife refuges in southeastern Florida.
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee is managed as part of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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On the Refuge
Everything from special events, tours and lectures, paddles and walks, find an activity that is right for you. Visitor Activities and Events Calendar
Whether you are hunting or interested in research or planning an event, get your permits here. USFWS Permits
An invasive species is one that is not native to an ecosystem and which causes, or is likely to cause, economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Invasive species are harmful to our natural resources (fish, wildlife, plants and overall ecosystem health) because they disrupt natural communities and ecological processes. This causes harm to the native species because they are forced to compete with a new species for the same resources (food, water, shelter, etc.). The invasive species typically outcompete the native species for food and habitats and sometimes even cause their extinction. Even if the native species are not completely eliminated, the ecosystem often becomes much less diverse. A less diverse ecosystem is more susceptible to further disturbances from diseases and natural disasters.Invasive Species Management
The endangered snail kite helps the refuge by eating both native and non-native apple snails.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Snail kite - Lance Warley, Nile monitor - FWC
Last Updated: Jul 13, 2016