What We Do



 KDPA and its members contribute to the Key deer's survival through our many programs including but not limited to:

  • Education and Advocacy
  • Participation in Local Planning Processes
  • Commenting on Federal Issues impacting the Key Deer and its habitat
  • Legal Challenges
  • Threats to Key Deer
  • Supply maual labor on very worthwile programs



KDPA helped or  initiated the following:

  • Artifical rainwater catchment tanks on islands within range of the Key Deer
  • Helped subsidize a Sheriff's Deputy to reduce speeding in Key Deer habitat on US1
  • 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.  
  • Development of the Frederick C. Mannillo Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trail

Mannillo Trail Info



 For more than a decade, KDPA has presented college scholarships to deserving students, and this year is no different; KDPA awards $500 scholarships to Monroe County high school students who plan on majoring in biological science, environmental science, or a related field.

John Sheagren, a 2018 Graduate of Marathon High School, is shown

accepting the Key Deer Protection Alliance scholarship from Vivian

Beck. He plans to study Political Science and Environmental Science

and intends to pursue a career in Environmental Law.

The KDPA Scholarship Committee was impressed by John’s

academic achievements, leadership activities and outstanding record

of community service. A former resident of Big Pine Key, he is

currently enrolled at Florida State University (Tallahassee).

KDPA wishes John success in his academic work. Congratulations,