The Key Deer Protection Alliance was founded in
1989 as a not-for-profit organization.
KDPA Mission Statement
“We want to save the Key deer from extinction. Education and habitat
protection are our primary long-term goals. We believe that presentation of
factual information will foster positive attitudes toward current and future
protection measures for the deer.
Recognizing that the historical range of the deer encompasses much of
privately owned property, the Alliance supports land acquisition on a
“willing seller, vacant land” basis. Primary habitat MUST be protected; the
species cannot survive if its range is limited only to those lands within
the present National Key Deer Refuge.
Short-term goals of the Alliance relate to reducing the number of deaths
resulting from human-deer interaction (automobile, illegal feeding,
free-roaming dogs, etc.) and enhancing current habitat to maintain a healthy
The Alliance regards the Key deer as a national treasure to be protected as
a legacy for future generations.”
KDPA Programs and
KDPA and its members
contribute to the Key deer's survival through our many programs, ranging
from education and advocacy, to participation in local planning processes,
to commenting on federal issues impacting the Key deer and its habitat, to
making legal challenges to projects which threaten the Key deer, and to
supplying manual labor on very worthwhile projects.
KDPA helped provide
artificial rainwater catchment tanks on islands within range of the Key
deer. We were instrumental in the design and development of the
Frederick C. Mannillo Wheelchair Accessible
Nature Trail. We've published informational brochures and
flyers, we notify members of important pending issues via Action Alerts, and
our newsletter, Alliance News,
informs members on many matters relevant to the deer and our organization
and its members.
We helped subsidize a
Sheriff's deputy to reduce speeding in Key deer habitat on US1, and helped
get improved county animal control services in Key deer habitat to reduce
the hazard from free-roaming dogs. We were instrumental in getting the
signs posted that tally the annual number of Key deer killed on the highway.
We award scholarships to
local graduating high school students pursuing environmental studies in
college. Click here for the 2013 KDPA Scholarship awardee.
We participate in local
planning initiatives that affect the Key deer and the islands we are
fortunate to share with them. Our ongoing educational programs include
open meetings with guest speakers, informational booths at local events,
providing speakers for outreach talks at schools, civic groups, and other
environmental organizations, publishing our newsletter... and this website.
Board of directors:
Vice President Elaine Sweet Mason
Secretary Alicia Putney
Treasurer Margo Zdravkovic
Joyce Clark Newman
Mark F. Peterson
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
AND THE ANNUAL MEETING
The general membership of the Key Deer Protection Alliance meets on the
second Thursday of the month beginning in November and ending in April. Each
meeting begins at 7:00 PM and lasts about a half hour, after which there is
a formal presentation on a topic related to the environment of the Florida
Keys. We meet at the Lord of the Seas Lutheran Church, 1250 Key Deer Blvd.
on Big Pine Key. The Annual Meeting, with the election of Officers and
Advisors, is in January.
KDPA, PO Box 430224,
Big Pine Key, FL 33043-0224