Refuge Renamed After Conservation Hero

On April 17, a ceremony was held to re-name the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. On hand were more than 350 guests and dignitaries to honor a great conservation champion. Mr. Reed’s family donated the beach portion of the refuge back in 1969 which today is the largest contiguous section of undeveloped beach in Southeastern Florida and is considered one of the most productive sea turtle nesting areas in the Southeastern United States. Nathaniel was an ardent supporter of the refuge and the refuge system. He served as the DOI Asst Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks under Presidents Nixon and Ford, served six Florida Governors, was active on several conservation boards, and was a forceful advocate for Everglades restoration. Chief Operating Officer Mark Musaus was one of the speakers that highlighted Nathaniel’s conservation legacy especially as it pertained to support for the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee and Hobe Sound NWRs and the refuge system as a whole. On behalf of the Refuge Association, Mark presented a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of Nathaniel to his wife Alita.

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  1. John Outland says:

    I fished along the beach and Peck Lake for many years and observed many hatching’s of sea turtle nest, wading, shore and diving birds, large schools of mullet and an occasional rattlesnake. It was an adventure on every visit. This is a special place and thanks to Mr. Reed it will be protected.

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