Reserves in Georgia

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Most of the Okefenokee lies in southeastern Georgia (a small area reaches into northern Florida). The closest big city is Jacksonville, Florida, about 50 miles away.Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1936 to preserve the 438,000 acre Okefenokee Swamp. Presently, the refuge encompasses approximately 396,000 acres. In 1974, to further ensure the protection of this unique ecosystem, the interior 353,981 acres of the refuge were designa ted a National Wilderness Area.
The swamp remains one of the oldest and most well preserved freshwater areas in America and extends 38 miles north to south and 25 miles east to west.
The refuge is home to two endangered birds, the American wood stork and the red-cockaded woodpecker, as well as to Florida sandhill cranes, anhingas, herons, and egrets.

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Sapelo Island, Georgia

Sapelo Island is the fourth largest Georgia barrier island and one of the most pristine. The reserve is made up of salt marshes, maritime forests and beach dune areas. Not only is the island rich in natural history, but also in human history dating back 4,000 years.


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