Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge

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Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
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LocationGeorgetown, Horry, Marion counties, South Carolina, United States
Nearest cityGarden City, South Carolina
Coordinates33°38′00″N 79°05′30″W / 33.63333°N 79.09167°W / 33.63333; -79.09167Coordinates: 33°38′00″N 79°05′30″W / 33.63333°N 79.09167°W / 33.63333; -79.09167
Area22,931 acres (92.80 km2)
Established1997
Governing bodyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WebsiteWaccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge

Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1997, is a recent addition to the United States National Wildlife Refuge system. It is located in parts of northeastern Georgetown County, South Carolina, southern Horry, and southeastern Marion counties, and contains lands adjacent to the Pee Dee River, the Little Pee Dee River, and the Waccamaw River near their confluence. Currently the size of the refuge is 22,931 acres (92.80 km2) but plans call for the total refuge to be over 50,000 acres (200 km2).

It was founded to preserve valuable undeveloped coastal wetland and adjacent uplands that provide habitats for many species of wildlife. One endangered species that is given a home, primarily on longleaf pine forest on Sandy Island is the red-cockaded woodpecker. It is also a nesting area for swallow-tailed kites and bald eagles.

The stated objectives of this refuge are:

The Refuge visitor's center is located just north of Georgetown on Highway 701 overlooking the Great Pee Dee River in the small community of Yauhannah, SC.

See also[edit]

Waccamaw River Heritage Preserve—Nature preserve further north along the same river

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

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