"Trembling Earth and Pogo the Possum" Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge by grandmaR

There are five entrances to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge:
East Entrance - Camp Cornelia, Suwannee Canal (USFWS).
Secondary East Entrance - Kingfisher Landing (USFWS).
West Entrance - Stephen C. Foster State Park (USFWS and State of Georgia).
Secondary West Entrance - Suwannee River Sill (USFWS).
North Entrance - Okefenokee Swamp Park (Non-profit organization).

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge was established by Executive Order in 1936.
The Okefenokee Swamp covers 438,000 acres. It is 38 miles in length at its longest point by 25 miles in width at its widest point. The swamp is approximately 700 square miles.
The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is over 402,000 acres. The wilderness area consists of 353,981 acres and was created by the Okefenokee Wilderness Act of 1974 which is part of the Wilderness Preservation System.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the eastern United States. It is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which is under the Department of the Interior.

Eight habitat types occur in the Okefenokee Swamp:
Shrub swamp (34%)
Mixed cypress forest (23%)
Prairies (21%)
Pure cypress forest (9%)
Swamp islands (8%)
Blackgum forest (6%)
Bay forest (6%)

Major steps of swamp succession are: open lake, prairie, shrub forest, and then tree forest.

  • Last visit to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge: Jan 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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