Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
|Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Hyde, Tyrrell, Washington counties, North Carolina, United States|
|Nearest city||Creswell, North Carolina|
|Area||110,106 acres (445.58 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
The Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is located in North Carolina's Inner Banks on the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula in Hyde, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties, North Carolina. Its headquarters is located in Columbia, NC.
Pocosin Lakes NWR was established in 1990. Originally, the 12,000-acre (49 km2) southwestern portion of the refuge was established in 1963 as the Pungo National Wildlife Refuge, but was merged in 1990 with Pocosin Lakes. The National Wildlife Refuge is 110,106 acres (446 km2), and approximately 90,000 acres (364 km2) were donated.
On June 1, 2008, lightning struck the refuge and started a wildfire that had, as of 17 September 2008[update], spread to about 40,704 acres (164.72 km2), and was completely contained.  The fire was declared out on January 9, 2009.
- "Wildfire smoke, odor reach Triangle". WRAL.com. Jun. 12, 2008.
- "Wildfire contained, not out". WRAL.com. September 18, 2008.
- "Evans Road Fire on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Officially Declared "Out"". Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. January 9, 2009.
- Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Home Page
- The short film Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (2005) is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
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