Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
Restore the Greater Everglades
for People and Wildlife
From the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes in the north to Big Cypress National Preserve in the south, the Greater Everglades region contains a wealth of habitats, including dry prairies, longleaf pine savannas, expansive working ranches and seasonally wet grasslands. This landscape provides homes and travel corridors for more than 30 threatened and endangered species, including rare Florida panthers.
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;
Preparing resource maps, studies and reports needed for refuge creation and expansion;
Providing outreach and communication assistance to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service;
Advocating for federal funds to acquire land and conservation easements;
Organizing grassroots support from “Friends” groups and others to help bring decision makers on board.