Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge

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Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Map of the United States
Location Ohio River, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, United States
Nearest city Parkersburg, West Virginia / Wheeling, West Virginia
Coordinates 39°22′24″N 81°17′39″W / 39.3734°N 81.29428°W / 39.3734; -81.29428Coordinates: 39°22′24″N 81°17′39″W / 39.3734°N 81.29428°W / 39.3734; -81.29428[1]
Area 3,354 acres (13.57 km2)
Established 1990
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/ohioriverislands/

The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge (ORINWR) is a National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in non-contiguous sites consisting of islands along 392 miles (631 km) of the Ohio River, primarily (85% of acreage)[2] in the U.S. state of West Virginia. There are also a couple of islands upstream in Beaver County, Pennsylvania and a couple downstream in Lewis County, Kentucky. [3] Going downstream, the refuge is currently located in parts of these counties: Beaver, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler, Pleasants, Wood, Jackson, Mason, and Lewis. All counties are in West Virginia, with the exceptions of Beaver, which is in Pennsylvania, and Lewis, which is in Kentucky. The ORINWR was established in 1990 and consists of 3,354 acres (13.57 km2) of land and underwater habitat on 22 islands and four mainland properties. Prior to its establishment, West Virginia was the only state of the United States without a NWR.[citation needed] (It now has two).

Islands[edit]

The following islands in the Ohio River are part of the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. All are in West Virginia unless indicated otherwise.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ USFWS Annual Lands Report, 30 September 2007
  3. ^ USFWS map

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

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