Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

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Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Map of the United States
Location Rappahannock River, Virginia, United States
Nearest city Warsaw, Virginia
Coordinates 38°00′00″N 76°53′00″W / 38.00000°N 76.88333°W / 38.00000; -76.88333Coordinates: 38°00′00″N 76°53′00″W / 38.00000°N 76.88333°W / 38.00000; -76.88333
Area 8,191 acres (33.15 km2)
Established 1996
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/rappahannock/

The Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge located along the Rappahannock River near Warsaw, Virginia; one of four refuges that comprise the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex, it was established under the jurisdiction of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in 1996. As of 2008, the Refuge consisted of 8,191 acres (33.15 km2) of property total. It consists of numerous non-contiguous units along the Rappahannock River in King George, Caroline, Essex, Westmoreland, and Richmond counties. The majority and largest of the units are in Richmond County. The refuge has generated some controversy by removing lands from agricultural production and converting them to native habitats on some tracts purchased in fee. Many argue that these grain fields provided food for migratory waterfowl, and eliminating them results in a net loss to both farmers and wildlife.

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

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