High water prompts restrictions for E'glades-area WMA
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Media contact: Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459
High water levels prompted the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) to issue an executive order
restricting public access to portions of the Everglades and Francis
S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area.
This action is necessary because high water levels force area
wildlife to take refuge on tree islands and levees, resulting in
higher levels of stress for these animals.
The order, which takes effect Monday, Nov. 14, prohibits
motorized vehicles, airboats and other public access to the Water
Conservation Area 3A North portion of the Everglades and Francis S.
Taylor Wildlife Management Area. This area lies in Broward
The special regulations remain in effect until rescinded by a
subsequent executive order.
This order does not apply to people permitted to participate in
the statewide migratory bird hunts, to frogging, or persons
operating boats (other than airboats) within the established canal
systems and within one mile of marshes adjacent to the wildlife
management area. However, people must maintain a minimum distance
of 100 yards from any tree island or levee when operating a vessel
or airboat to minimize disturbance to upland wildlife.
To report a violation of this order, or any fish and wildlife
law violation, call the FWC's Wildlife Alert hotline at