Title: Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge
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Title: Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge
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Language: English
Creator: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Publisher: United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Place of Publication: Naples, Fla.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Ten Thousand Islands

National Wildlife Refuge


Layne Hamilton, Refuge Manager
Ten Thousand Islands NWR
3860 Tollgate Boulevard
Suite 300
Naples, FL 34114
Phone: 239/353 8442
Fax: 239/353 8640
E-mail: floridapanther@fws.gov


Refuge Facts
* Established: December 1996.

* Acres: 35,000.

* Located in Collier County,
Florida, 25th Congressional
District.

* Location: The refuge is located 20
miles southeast of Naples, FL,
south of U.S. 41 near Goodland,
FL. The refuge headquarter is
located in the Comfort Inn at exit
101 off of Interstate 75.

Natural History
* Refuge receives freshwater flow
from the Fakahatchee Strand and
Picayune Strand watersheds,
which nourishes the refuge's
diverse wetland habitats and
dependent wildlife.

* Large concentrations of wading
birds, including herons, egrets,
rosette spoonbills, and wood
storks utilize the refuge
wetlands. Shorebirds, waterfowl,
and other water birds, such as
rails, rest, feed and nest on the
refuge.

* Ten percent of Florida's manatee
population utilizes the refuge and
adjacent waters. Loggerhead sea
turtles nest on the beaches.

* Refuge is part of the largest
mangrove estuary in North
America. The southern portion of
the refuge is mangrove estuary,
which is composed of islands
surrounded by open tidal waters.
Uplands on the islands contain
sea grapes, gumbo limbo,
Jamaican dogwood and other
tropical species. To the north are
brackish and freshwater
marshes, with small upland
hammocks composed of gumbo
limbos, live oaks and slash pine.


* Several large pre-Columbian
Indian sites are located on the
refuge.

Financial Impact of Refuge
* 2 person staff. Refuge operations
supported by 18-person staff at
Florida Panther National Wildlife
Refuge.

* Approximately 200,000 visitors
annually.

* Current budget (FY 05): Refuge
operations funded through
Florida Panther NWR.

Refuge Goals
* Conserve, enhance, and protect
the fish and wildlife resources,
especially threatened and
endangered species, and the
other natural values supported
within the refuge portion of this
unique south Florida coastal
ecosystem.

* Provide visitors with quality
recreational opportunities,
guided by the refuge's vision and
mission, and compatible with its
purpose.

* Promote the interpretation,
education, and appreciation of
coastal natural resources of the
Ten Thousand Islands area, and
the importance of conserving
them.

* Promote cooperation among
agencies, private landowners,
organizations, and other
stakeholders in the management
of natural and cultural resources
within the Big Cypress
Watershed.

* Promote refuge cultural
resources, encourage
archaeological investigations, and
promote interpretation and
appreciation of the area's history.










Management Tools Questions and Answers:
* Mechanical/chemical/biological Where is the Ten Thousand Island
control of non-native pest plants. National Wildlife Refuge?
The refuge is located approximately
* Prescribed fire. 20 miles southeast of Naples, FL on
the south side of U.S. 41. The eastern
* Education/interpretation. boundary lies just east of the Port of
the Islands community and
* Law enforcement. Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve.
The western boundary is adjacent to
* Partnerships: Florida Collier Seminole State Park and
Department of Environment Winddancer Airboat Tours. The
Protection, Rookery Bay refuge surrounds the town Goodland,
National Estuarine Research just off of County Road 92. The Gulf
Reserve, South Florida Water of Mexico forms the southern
Management District, Florida boundary.
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, National Park How can I access this refuge
Service, Collier County Sheriff. The best method to access the refuge
is by boat. The marine portion of the
Public Use Opportunities refuge is accessible by private boat
* Hiking. ramps in Goodland (C.R. 92) and Port
of the Islands Marina (U.S. 41). The
* Wildlife observation, northern marshes are accessible by
canoe and kayak. A one-mile hiking
* Canoeing/kayaking. trail will take the refuge visitor
through the northern marsh. This
* Fishing. trail is located off of U.S. 41.

* Photography.
What can I do on the refuge?
* Waterfowl hunting. The refuge offers outstanding salt
and freshwater fishing opportunities.
SCamping. During the winter, many visitors
camp on the refuge islands to better
enjoy the fishing and wildlife
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