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The Fish & Wildlife Service Establishes the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area

The Everglades Ecosystem

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service establishes a new national wildlife refuge in Okeechobee, Osceola, Polk, and Highlands counties to “protect and restore of the great grassland and savanna landscapes of eastern North America.”  Utilizing a working landscape level conservation approach, the refuge will protect up to 50,000 acres of lands in fee-simple and another 100,000 acres through conservation easements.