Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Map showing the location of Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge
Map of the United States
LocationCarteret County, North Carolina, United States
Nearest cityBeaufort, North Carolina
Coordinates34°57′N 76°20′W / 34.950°N 76.333°W / 34.950; -76.333Coordinates: 34°57′N 76°20′W / 34.950°N 76.333°W / 34.950; -76.333
Area14,480 acres (58.6 km2)
Governing bodyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WebsiteCedar Island National Wildlife Refuge

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge, located in Carteret County, North Carolina, is on the end of a peninsula marking the southern end of Pamlico Sound. The refuge lies five miles (8 km) east of the Atlantic Ocean and about 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Beaufort, North Carolina. Established in 1964, the refuge consists of approximately 11,000 acres (45 km2) of irregularly flooded, brackish marsh and 3,480 acres (14.1 km2) of pocosin and woodland habitat. The dominant marsh plants include black needlerush, saltmarsh cordgrass, saltmeadow hay, and saltgrass. The woodland areas are dominated by loblolly, longleaf and pond pine. Live oak is also abundant on some upland sites. The marsh and surrounding waters provide wintering habitat for thousands of ducks and nesting habitat for colonial waterbirds.

Mammalian species that inhabit this refuge are gray squirrel, marsh rabbit, white-tailed deer, red fox, raccoon, bobcat, gray fox, nutria, beaver, muskrat, river otter, mink and opossum.


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