Maria Sgambati, President-Elect of the Friends of the Refuges is packing away her flipflops, leaving the balmy Florida winter, and heading to Washington, DC to represent our local Friends group. Friends group representatives from across the nation will attend this two-part event that stretches across 5 days.
Sponsored by the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA), the first part of the trip – “Standing up Wildlife Fly-In” will take place January 19-21 and includes Advocacy training with the NWRA staff; a dinner with the Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Cynthia Martinez, Chief of Refuges; and meetings with Florida Congressional staffers to discuss the value of Refuges.
The second part of the trip – Moving Friends Forward— is a two-day training that will take place January 22-24 at the National Conservation Training Center, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. More then 200 Friends and 100 Service Staff are expected to attend this training from across the United States. The training will focus on three areas of learning toward fulfilling common missions of serving people and wildlife: engaging people, partnership and nonprofit management, and communications and marketing.
Between this busy schedule Maria looks forward to reconnecting with friends and family back in DC.
The Refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk.
The Refuge Manager Andrew Gude can be reached by text or phone at 703.622.3896.
Refuge Information from the Refuge Manager
The Nature Drive on the Levy County side of the Refuge is now open. Finally, the road is dry enough to travel safely and without damaging the roadbed.
The Dixie Mainline has been closed because of major damage to a culvert from last month's rain. The County plans to open it on or about September 12, at least temporarily.
Access by vehicle to the Refuge roads in both Levy County and Dixie County is still very limited because of the heavy rainfall in recent weeks.
Even when roads are closed to vehicles, they are open to pedestrians and bicycles.
Hunting Information from the Refuge Manager
The print version of the 2019-2020 Hunt Regulations Brochure is now available at Refuge headquarters. For an digital version,
Click on the Photo Below
For Information about getting a Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Permit and a Deer Bag Report, Click Here
To Apply for a Permit to Hunt on the Lower Suwannee Refuge,
For a copy of the Deer Harvest Log, Click Here
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