Reopening of the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge will officially reopen after its recovery from this year's hurricanes. Steve Williams, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will tour the refuge to see the $6 million in damage and how the resource is recovering after the storms. Director Williams will also highlight the importance of native flora and the role mangroves play during storms. He will also thank the refuge staff and the many other USFWS staff members that responded to Hurricane Charley. Marty Harrity, Sanibel Mayor, will also speak about the importance of community partnerships and long term professional relationships. Mark Crab of the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau will welcome visitors back to Sanibel and speak about the importance of ecotourism to Lee County.
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