Vieques National Wildlife Refuge

Vieques National Wildlife Refuge

Address:PO Box 1527
Vieques, PR 00765

Phone:787-741-2138
Fax:787-741-2158
Web: www.fws.gov/southeast/vieques
Established: 2001.
Location:On the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Facilities:Visitor center.
Activities:Hiking, bicycling, fishing, beach activities, crabbing.
Special Features:In addition to its ecological value, the refuge contains important resources of archeological and historic significance and legacies of the Taino culture and sugar cane era.
Habitats: 17,673 acres of beaches, coastal lagoons, mangrove wetlands and upland forested areas. The marine environment around the refuge contains coral reefs and seagrass beds.
Access: Certain areas of the refuge are open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.
Wild life: Antillean manatee, brown pelican, green, loggerhead, hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles, crabs, and migratory birds.

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At present, what is known as the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge covers nearly 18,000 acres with 3,100 acres on the western, "clean" side and close to 15,000 on the eastern side under the jurisdiction of the FWS.
While the negative health effects of decades of military toxics and the pace and methods of remediation are aspects of the environmental injustice in this community, another key issue is the status of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.
The USFWS land immediately became the first part of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.
The vast majority of the land has been designated as the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge (VNWR).
Without doubt, the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge is a breathtaking place with potential to support a thriving ecotourism industry on the island.
Department of the Interior, so the land can be added to the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge.
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have complained of problems getting enough community input for their Vieques National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan, a fifteen-year management plan that as of November 2004 did not yet exist.