National Wildlife Refuge
Hopewell, Chesterfield Co., VA
Phone Number: 804-829-9020
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Presquile National Wildlife Refuge
Presquile National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of four refuges that comprise the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Refuge is a 1329-acre island in the James River, located approximately 20 miles south of Richmond, Virginia. Established to protect habitat for wintering waterfowl and other migratory birds, Presquile is an important component in the network of refuges on and around the Chesapeake Bay, our Nation's largest estuary. Presquile historically provided important habitat for wintering Canada geese that breed along James Bay in eastern Canada. The Refuge is also home to nesting and roosting bald eagles. The Refuge is primarily hardwood swamp, with a fringe of marsh and 300 acres of upland fields.
Getting There . . .
From Richmond, take Interstate 295 south to Route 10. Take Route 10 south/east toward Hopewell. Take a left on Route 827. Stay on 827, toward Bermuda Hundred, until you see the Refuge entrance. The gate will be locked unless prior arrangements have been made with the Refuge Complex headquarters.
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The Refuge's 300 acres of upland was traditionally farmed for wintering Canada geese. Winter wheat, corn, sorghum, and rye were some of the crops grown for geese. In accordance with new Refuge System policies, farming is being replaced by establishment of natural habitat using native plants to provide year-round habitat for wildlife, while reducing the labor, fertilizer, and chemicals needed to produce an annual crop.
Invasive species, primarily Johnson grass and Canada thistle, have been problematic on the Refuge for years and have gotten worse in recent years. A project to control invasive plants and restore native grasslands began in 2004 and is ongoing today. Prescribed fire will play an important role in eliminating the invasive species, restoring native plants, and maintaining the habitat over the long term.Learn More>>