The Friends of Corbett was established in November,2000 as a not for profit organization to facilitate cooperation between the wildlife management area (habitat and recreation) and the Everglades Youth Camp (education). Subsequently, Pine Jog, a division of Florida Atlantic University (FAU), has assumed the duties of the youth camp.
The JW Corbett Wildlife Management Area is approximately 60,000 acres of Cypress, Pine Flatwoods, Sawgrass Marsh, and Hardwood Hammocks that accommodates hunting, camping, fishing, horse and hiking trails as well as nature observation. It is conveniently located north west of West Palm Beach.
Mission Statement: To assist and support the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in activities at the JW Corbett Wildlife Management Area and Everglades Youth Conservation Camp to maintain and improve natural and cultural resources and nature-based recreational opportunities while enhancing environmental awareness of youth and visitors.
Board meetings are typically held the third Thursday of each month, at 7:00 pm in the FWC's regional office at 8535 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, Fl 33412. Additional information about the area can be found at the FWC web site (Corbett information). We encourage you to enjoy the area responsibly.
Within the last few years the Corbett population of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers has made great strides. This year the biologists and staff have transferred 5 more pair to Corbett and 5 pair to Dupuis along with a single fledgling from the Big Cypress to help the gene pool.
The area burns were helped along this year by natural wildfires. The large burn in the northeast corner has altered the planned burns and allowed a helocopter burn of 3,200 acres between trail 1 and 2. Burn Map