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  • Buckets of green, orange and yellow berries in large buckets and bags in the back of a pickup truck bed.
    Information icon Confiscated berries at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Pamela Garrison, USFWS.

    Berry big business

    July 31, 2020 | 7 minute read

    Folkston, Georgia — The thieves, armed with machetes, travel in packs targeting unsuspecting communities with chilling precision. Sometimes, they’ll hit in the dead of night wearing headlamps as they slink deeper into the forest. Lookouts prowl the roadways alerting the criminals via phone or radio if the authorities approach. Then, with bags full of ill-gotten gains worth thousands of dollars, the bad guys abscond to the next ill-prepared community.  Learn more...

  • A firefighter in protective gear marches through the brush of a pine forest.
    Firefighter in the brush at Okefenokee NWR. Photo by Mark Davis, USFWS.

    Fencing fire

    May 2, 2017 | 5 minute read

    The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is aflame. As of Monday, May 1, fire had burned more than 100,000 acres. Firefighters from across the country have come to the refuge, operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They’ll likely be at the refuge, close to the Georgia-Florida line, for months.  Learn more...

  • Entrance sign notifies visitors the refuge is closed due to a fire.
    Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is closed as crews battle the West Mims fire. Photo by Mark Davis, USFWS.

    Keeping upbeat

    May 2, 2017 | 2 minute read

    Folkston, Georgia – If he needs a reminder of how to run a wildlife refuge – especially one that’s on fire – all Michael Lusk needs to do is look at the skull in his office. That’s an alligator skull, and it came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. At one time, it was attached to a beast about 9 feet long. Propped in its gaping mouth is a narrow sign with a message:  Learn more...

  • A man wearing a hard hat and protective gear yeilds an axe.
    Information icon Martin Ramos of Vieques National Wildlife Refuge in Puerto Rico lends a hand at the West Mims fire. Photo by Mark Davis, USFWS.

    Puerto Ricans bring fight to fire

    May 2, 2017 | 3 minute read

    Folkston, Georgia – Martin Ramos will always remember that call: “Report to the Okefenokee”. That was six years ago, when a fire rose to life in the middle of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and steadily grew. By the time the 2011 Honey Prairie fire had been extinguished, it had burned more than 300,000 acres. It also sparked an interest in Ramos, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) fire officer assigned to the Service’s Vieques NWR in Puerto Rico.  Learn more...


  • A helicopter drops a load of water on pine trees.
    Information icon West Mims Wildfire at Okefenokee NWR. Photo by Josh O’Connor, USFWS.

    Okefenokee reopens main entrance

    June 2, 2017 | 2 minute read

    Folkston, Georgia – Decreased fire activity will allow officials to partially reopen the Main Entrance to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (Suwannee Canal Recreation Area) near Folkston on Friday, June 2. While the West Mims wildfire is still an active fire with 65% containment, fire officials and refuge staff have confidence that the public can access a portion of the visitor facilities at this time. Beginning Friday, the Main Entrance will be open during normal operational hours of 30 minutes before sunrise to 7:30 p.  Read the full story...

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