Salazar Announces Establishment of Everglades Headwaters NWR and Conservation AreaPosted by tglover on Jan 18, 2012 in News | 0 comments
January 18, 2012
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – As part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today accepted a 10-acre donation of land in south-central Florida to officially establish the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area – conserving one of the last remaining grassland and longleaf pine savanna landscapes in eastern North America.
The new refuge and conservation area – the 556th unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System – is being established through a land donation from the Nature Conservancy of Florida with the support of local ranchers and landowners who have worked cooperatively with Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve their lands while retaining their right to raise cattle or crops, an approach championed by the Obama administration.
To read the full news release, visit www.fws.gov/southeast/news/2012/005.html