Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Closes Due To Trash

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida – A portion of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is closing due to excessive trash left by visitors.

Access to Southeast Haulover will be closed the evening of Friday, January 10th through Saturday, January 11th for trash clean-up work.

“In an effort to provide a more enjoyable experience for visitors as well as make the habitat safe for wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will shut down the road to host a community Trash Bash clean-up,” the FWS announced.

“The closure is needed to allow staff and volunteers time to safely remove the excessive amount of litter in the area. Although clean-ups were previously held in November and December, the litter problem has once again exceeded the Refugeā€˜s capability to keep the area clean.”

Volunteers of all ages and experience are welcome to join in on the litter pick up efforts.

Trash Bash clean-up of the Southeast Haulover Canal area will be held on Saturday, January 11th, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Volunteers will meet at the Southeast Haulover Canal access entrance.

Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

Sturdy shoes, hats, sunscreen, bug spray, and water are recommended.