Multi-Use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) is a massive, landscape-scale development across the remaining rural areas of Florida, including refuge lands in Levy and Dixie counties. If implemented, it represents the greatest challenge to Florida conservation in 40 years. It may go through Levy and Dixie counties just north of the Refuge boundary.
Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWRs is concerned about the overall degradation that this project will cause to the ecosystem of the Refuge and the surrounding region. Since the late 1970s, when such a project was last proposed and when the Refuge was established, in part, to counter that proposal, the Lower Suwannee Refuge has been a buffer preserving the quality of water in the Suwannee River and the Gulf, protecting and preserving the flora and fauna of this last stand of undeveloped coastline in the country. A byproduct of the Refuge’s protection of the wildlife is that it also protects the fishing- and tourism-based economies that are the core of our way of life.