Keeping up withand sea level rise necessitates strong partnerships for the successful operation of the Cedar Keys NWR. We find partners in higher education institutions, civic and conservation groups, state agencies, and our Friends of Refuges. With budgets dwindling and staff reduction, our many partners are more highly valued than ever.
The mission of the Friends of Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges is to provide active advocacy and physical support for the successful stewardship of the Refuges.
In order to support this stewardship, the Friends of Lower Suwannee will promote awareness of these refuges, their habitats and their work, assist the scientific conservation and preservation efforts of the refuges, and advocate responsible habitat use. Thus education, volunteering, and advocacy will be the primary activities of this organization. Funds will be generated to accomplish this goal.
We work closely with the University of Florida; the Seahorse Key Marine Research Lab and individual researchers help us to understand island ecology,concerns, and archaeology of the area.