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Everglades-area WMAs open to public

News Release

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Media contact: Carol Lyn Parrish, 561-882-5709

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has rescinded executive orders that established special restrictions on portions of the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor and Holey Land Wildlife Management Areas. Effective Dec. 21, public access is restored on these WMAs in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. One, Rotenberger WMA, will remain closed because of continued high-water levels that have persisted since Hurricane Irma.

During high-water events, area wildlife seek refuge on tree islands and levees. The long duration of this event caused more stress than usual for these animals, resulting in a prolonged recovery period. However, due to decreasing water levels, wildlife in the WMAs are no longer taking refuge on these areas and the WMAs have been reopened to public access.  

For updated closure and reopening information, visit MyFWC.com/DisasterPlan and click on “Open/closed Status of FWC Offices and FWC-managed Areas.” If you have additional questions, call the FWC’s South Regional Office at 561-625-5122.

To see the executive order, go to MyFWC.com/About and select “Inside FWC” then “Learn more about the Executive Director’s Office.”

To report a violation of this order, or any fish and wildlife law violation, call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922.



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