Hurricane Irma Impacts and Recovery Updates


Like many in our communities, priority activities in the next several months are continuing to assess damages and identifying priority needs.  We are most concerned with habitats such as pine rocklands, freshwater wetlands, and beach berm areas, and animals and plants that were the most vulnerable such as Key tree cactus, Lower Keys marsh rabbit, Bartram's scrub-hairstreak butterfly, Miami blue butterfly, Schaus' swallowtail butterfly, Key deer, and other species.  Our Lower Keys facilities took quite a hit with our bunkhouse now uninhabitable, maintenance shop receiving at least four feet of water, boat dock destroyed, five vehicles flooded, and many of our gates and signs damaged. 

Our ability to return to normal operations will take a long time and will depend on funding, personnel capacity and working with our partners and the community together to continue to shepherd these special places, plants, and animals for the continuing benefit of the American people. 

Hurricane Irma impacts and recovery effort updates can be found on this webpage as well as our Facebook. Additionally, a Flickr site has been created to share photos and images.  



To learn more about impacts to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Southeast Region:

Follow this link to our regional Hurricane Irma website for all office closures, news and stories about response efforts, photos, and more:

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