Title: Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/CA01300690/00001
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Title: Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Publisher: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Date: 12/26/2007
Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- Puerto Rico -- Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300690
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.


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Laguna Cartagena

National Wildlife Refuge

Susan Silander, Project Leader
Caribbean Islands NWR Complex
Laguna Cartagena NWR
P.O. Box 510
Boqueron, PR 00622
Phone: 787/851 7258
Fax: 787/255 6725
E-mail: r4rw_pr.cb@fws.gov

Refuge Facts
* Established: 1989.
* Acres: 1,059.
* Location: easiest access is at the
pedestrian gates in Maguayo, PR
on Route 305, or near Hacienda
Desengano on Route 306 south of
Route 101.
m Administered under Caribbean
Island NWRs complex.
Natural History
* The present lagoon is a remnant
of what was once a large open
expanse of water and one of the
most important freshwater
habitats for migrating waterfowl
and aquatic birds in Puerto Rico.
Due to agricultural practices,
about 90 percent of the lagoon is
covered with cattail.
m In addition to the lagoon, there are
uplands that include pastureland,
abandoned sugar cane fields, and
263 acres in the foothills of the
Sierra Bermeja. These hills,
geologically the oldest in the
Caribbean, protect native forest
with many endemic plant species.
Financial Impact of Refuge
m No staff.
* 1,000 visitors annually.
Refuge Objectives
To restore and maintain this locally
important wetland ecosystem for the
benefit of endangered species and
migratory birds.
Management Tools
* Water management.
m Forestry
m Law enforcement.
m Plant control.
m Education/interpretation.
Public Use Opportunities
* Hiking.
m Wildlife observation and nature

Questions and Answers
What has been done to alleviate the
flooding situation in the town of
Maguayo, which is directly east of
the refuge lagoon?
Due to past agricultural practices,
most of the lagoon is now choked with
vegetation which impedes the normal
flow of water. As a consequence,
Maguayo occasionally floods during
periods of heavy rain. In 1995, the
Service initiated a challenge-cost
share restoration project. To date,
accomplishments include construction
of a water control structure, removal
of some vegetation using a dragline,
and partial completion of a water
diversion canal in the lagoon.

Is the refuge open to the public?
Yes, the refuge is open during
daylight hours, seven days a week.

What bird species might I see at
the refuge?
Historically, almost half of the birds
in Puerto Rico have been seen in the
area. Visitors may see the Smooth
billed Anis, Magnificent Frigatebird,
several species of herons, the
endangered Yellow-shouldered
Blackbird, and others.

Why is cattle grazing allowed on
the refuge?
Limited grazing is being used as an
intermediate management tool to
reduce buildup of grass fuel loads,
and to open grass areas to facilitate
woody vegetation regeneration.

Is waterfowl hunting allowed on the
Prior to becoming a refuge, the area
was open to waterfowl hunting. At
present, the refuge does not have
sufficient numbers of birds tojustify
a hunt.

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