Management and Conservation

Caloosahatchee is managed as a natural area. Biologists, with partners, conduct studies of habitats and wildlife populations to assess wildlife communities on the refuge. The uplands and wetlands are maintained in their natural condition in order to provide undisturbed habitat for birds, fish, invertebrates, and other animals. Occasionally, the Refuge Complex staff chemically treats Brazilian pepper, an invasive exotic plant that threatens the overall plant community.

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement patrols are routinely conducted for the protection of wildlife species, including the endangered West Indian manatee which is commonly seen in the waters surrounding the refuge.