Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge

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Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
An aerial view of the ohio river islands national wildlife refuge.jpg
Aerial view of one islands of the refuge.
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
LocationOhio River, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, United States
Nearest cityWilliamstown, West Virginia
Coordinates39°23′28″N 81°25′15″W / 39.39117°N 81.420708°W / 39.39117; -81.420708Coordinates: 39°23′28″N 81°25′15″W / 39.39117°N 81.420708°W / 39.39117; -81.420708[1]
Area3,354 acres (13.57 km2)
Established1990
Governing bodyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WebsiteOhio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge

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 two of islands upstream in Beaver County, Pennsylvania and a two 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. The refuge headquarters and visitors center is located in Williamstown, West Virginia. Prior to its establishment, West Virginia was the only state of the United States without a NWR.[citation needed]

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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge". Geographic Names Information System. United States 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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