James River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of four refuges that comprise the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge was established as the 468th National Wildlife Refuge on March 27, 1991 to protect nationally significant habitat for bald eagles. The 4,200 acre refuge is rich in history and archaeological sites. The refuge was once occupied by prehistoric Native Americans, 'Colonists, Civil War troops, and early residents of Prince George County.
Our vision statement will be developed during our Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) process. Please stay tuned...
James River National Wildlife Refuge was established under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 .
The purpose for which the James River National Wildlife Refuge was established is:
... to conserve (A) fish or wildlife which are listed as endangered species or threatened species .... or (B) plants ... 16 U.S.C. 1534 (Endangered Species Act of 1973).
The Refuge is scheduled to begin working on its Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) in 2009. The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 mandates a CCP for every refuge in the System. Our final plan will establish management goals and objectives for all refuge programs over the next 15 years, while providing opportunities for compatible, wildlife-dependent public uses. We will evaluate refuge wildlife, habitat, land protection and visitor service priorities during the planning process. To learn more about this process, please click here.
To see the Department of the Interior (DOI) GPRA Strategic Plan, click here (4.1 MB) .
James River NWR is one of four refuges in the Eastern Virginia Rivers NWR Complex. The refuges in this complex are:
The complex is part of the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Northeast Region (Region 5) includes 13 states:
The Northeast Region is one of nine regions (including Headquarters) in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Click this link to see a map of the regions.
The National Wildlife Refuge System is a division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is one of eight bureaus in the Department of the Interior. These bureaus are: