Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge


Restore the Greater Everglades for People and Wildlife

The Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area was established in 2012 as a result of unprecedented cooperation among federal and state agencies, cattle ranchers, Everglades sportsmen, and conservation groups.

From Orlando in the north to Florida Bay in the south lies the Greater Everglades Region; this area contains some of the most unique biodiversity in the nation – ecosystems, plants, and animals that you will find nowhere else. The region supports the Florida panther and many other iconic species that make Florida one of the most vibrant wildlife areas in the country while also playing a critical role in protecting water resources. The Greater Everglades Region supplies water to millions of coastal residents and is the home to Florida’s disappearing ranch lands, which play an important role in providing wildlife habitat and water protection.

The Refuge Association is playing a significant role within The Greater Everglades Partnership Initiative to help conserve this landscape.

The Refuge Association’s role includes

  • Organizing diverse stakeholders around common objectives;

  • Advocating for land protection funding at the federal and state levels

  • Developing the science needed that allows us to focus on the areas most important for water and wildlife;

  • Providing outreach and communication assistance to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service;

  • Implementing land and water conservation projects on the ground

  • Organizing grassroots support from “Friends” groups and others to help bring decision makers on board.

  • Preparing resource maps, studies and reports needed for refuge creation and expansion;

Find out more information in our fact sheet.