Atsena Otie had a facelift this week! The Brazilian Pepper Eradication crew of Friends volunteers and Refuge staff members attacked a summer's worth of growth of the invasive shrub. It is nigh onto impossible to work on Atsena Otie in high mosquito season. But now, the island is amenable to being groomed and helped to fight off the invasion of the pepper plants. The crew went out early with a boat that could approach at low tide and had made significant progress by the time more staff members arrived at high tide with mowers and other heavier equipment.
The path to the cemetery is now almost twice as wide, brush has been cut in the cemetery as well in preparation for an archaeology project which is described in the next post, calling for volunteers.
The Refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Due to coronavirus concerns, the headquarters building is closed to visitors. However, staff are working as usual and the Refuge is open for appropriate recreational uses including boating, hiking, fishing, biking, and birding.
The Refuge Manager Andrew Gude can be reached by text or phone at 703.622.3896.
Hunting Information from the Refuge Manager
The print version of the 2019-2020 Hunt Regulations Brochure is now available at Refuge headquarters. For a 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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