Franklin D. Roosevelt

Executive Order 7977—Enlarging the St. Marks Migratory Bird Refuge

September 19, 1938


By virtue of and pursuant to the authority vested in me as President of the United States, and in order to effectuate further the purposes of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act (45 Stat. 1222), it is ordered that the lands and waters, together with all accretions thereto, acquired or to be acquired by the United States within the area delineated on the diagram attached hereto and made a part hereof, comprising approximately 22,000 acres, in Wakulla County, Florida, be, and they are hereby, reserved and set apart for the use of the Department of Agriculture, subject to valid existing rights, as an addition to the St. Marks Migratory Bird Refuge, established by Executive Order No. 5740 of October 31, 1931: Provided, that any private lands within the area shall become a part of the refuge upon the acquisition of title thereto or lease thereof by the United States.

It is unlawful for any person to hunt, trap, capture, wilfully disturb, or kill any bird or wild animal of any kind whatsoever within the limits of this refuge, or to enter thereon, except under such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Secretary of Agriculture.

Signature of Franklin D. Roosevelt

The White House,
September 19, 1938.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Executive Order 7977—Enlarging the St. Marks Migratory Bird Refuge Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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