Don't take away our refuge

SUN SENTINEL: June 14, 2016. Written by Susan Davis, board member of Audubon Society of the Everglades

National wildlife refuges are sacred spots for the American people to enjoy our nation's remarkable wildlife. The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in western Palm Beach County is a perfect example of how important refuges can be in metropolitan areas like South Florida. Loxahatchee is the only remnant of the Everglades left in Palm Beach County.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does an admirable job managing the refuge — also known as Water Conservation Area 1 –— through a 50-year lease agreement with the landowner, the South Florida Water Management District.

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