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Environmental Planning - Natural Resources

The Kennedy Space Center (KSC), which contains within its boundaries the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) and most of Canaveral National Seashore (CNS), is located on the northern part of Merritt Island on the east coast of central Florida and consists of approximately 56,700 ha (140,000 acres) of land and lagoon waters. Merritt Island and the adjacent Cape Canaveral form a barrier island. The topography is marked by a series of ridges and swales derived from relict dunes deposited as the barrier islands were formed. Elevation ranges from sea level to about 3m (10 ft) in the inland areas and to 6m (20 ft) on the recent dunes. Merritt Island’s land mass is bordered on the west by the Indian River, on the southeast by the Banana River and on the north by Mosquito Lagoon.

There is a wide variety of habitat types within the KSC boundary: coastal dunes, saltwater estuaries and marshes, freshwater impoundments, scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks. These habitats provide refuge to more than 1500 species of plants and animals. Of these, there are 33 animals that are federally and/or state listed as threatened, endangered, or species of special concern. Additionally, there are 39 state-listed plants that are known to occur within the KSC boundaries.

At KSC all Threatened and Endangered (T&E) Species reviews begin with the submittal of the KSC Environmental Checklist.

Flatwoods, Launch pads Launch Pads from the Beach KSC Flatwoods

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Point of Contact: John Shaffer at 321-867-8448