Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

  • Country: 
    United States of America
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    162,635 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    30°48'N 82°19'W
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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. 18/12/86; Georgia, Florida; 162,635 ha; 30°48'N 082°20'W. National Wildlife Refuge, Wilderness Area. The site, the second largest wetland complex in the USA, is an extensive drainage basin on the divide between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, characterized by swamp forest. Okeefenokee supports one of the largest populations of Alligator mississippiensis in the USA and a wide diversity of breeding and non-breeding birds. Nesting birds include a rare woodpecker, while mammals include Euarctos americanus and Odocoileus virginianus. Small areas of old-growth cypress and slash pine have escaped logging in the early 1900s. Human activities include nature conservation, hunting, fishing, and general recreation. Issues involving nearby titanium mining seem to be reaching a solution. Ramsar site no. 350. Most recent RIS information: 2006.

Administrative region: 
Georgia, Florida

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Wildlife Refuge - Okefenokee
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)