Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge Temporarily Closes After Hurricane Jeanne
As of Friday, October 1, 2004 Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to the public because of safety issues until further notice. Damages sustained from both Hurricane Frances, on September 4, and Hurricane Jeanne, on September 25, have exceeded current staff capabilities.
“Until further notice the Service has no choice but to shut down facilities and resource areas within the entire 1,035-acre refuge,” said Mark Ruggiero, Incident Commander for the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Hurricane Response Team, “including the administration building, nature center building, maintenance facility, parking areas and beaches.”
Service law enforcement will continue to maintain 24-hour security over the refuge.
“It seems that no one was spared from this violent storm season and we appreciate the public’s understanding of our need to make repairs for the sake of everyone’s safety,” said Hobe Sound Refuge Manager Margo Stahl. “Our objective is to provide a pleasurable and safe outdoor experience. As soon as essential repairs are made the refuge will reopen.”
The refuge headquarters is located off U.S. Highway 1, two miles south of S.R. 708 (Bridge Road) across from Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
For more information, call: (772) 546-6141.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and wildlife habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 100-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System comprised of over 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fish and wildlife management offices, and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fish and wildlife management offices, and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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