Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
LocationHarrison County, Texas, United States
Nearest cityKarnack
Coordinates32°40′21″N 94°07′41″W / 32.6725°N 94.1281°W / 32.6725; -94.1281Coordinates: 32°40′21″N 94°07′41″W / 32.6725°N 94.1281°W / 32.6725; -94.1281
Area8,493 acres (3,437 ha)[1]
Established2000 (2000)
Governing bodyU.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
WebsiteCaddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

The Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a 8,493-acre (3,437 ha) protected area of Texas managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) System. It is located along Caddo Lake in East Texas.

The area that currently encompasses the refuge was highly valued in the 19th Century because its loamy soil supported rich cotton plantations. During World War II, Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant was established on the site. In 1993, the importance of the wetlands surrounding Caddo Lake was recognized at the Ramsar Convention, as the area was one of thirteen in the US that were deemed to be of "international significance". The NWR was authorized in 2000 to protect the bottomlands of the Harrison Bayou and to preserve the habitat for migratory birds.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant". U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
  2. ^ "Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge | About Us". U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Retrieved 2022-04-11.

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