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Did you know that all plants and wildlife are protected on National Wildlife Refuges unless a specific refuge hunting season allows take?

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About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex

Since 1996, a 110-acre site in Lacombe, Louisiana, has served as the headquarters complex for eight national wildlife refuges in the southeast region, including Bayou Sauvage NWR.

Bayou Sauvage is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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  • The Dual Nature of Bayou Sauvage NWR


    Herons and egrets silhouetted against a city skyline - such is the dual nature of Bayou Sauvage Refuge. Established in 1986 the 24,000 acres of fresh and brackish marsh are within the city limits of New Orleans making it one of the nation’s largest urban refuges. While Bayou Sauvage shows the obvious influence of human alterations and development it also demonstrates that valuable wildlife habitat can exist on the edge of a large city.

    Dual Nature of Bayou Sauvage
  • Annual Christmas Tree Drop at Bayou Sauvage NWR


    Each year in New Orleans, Christmas trees collected after the holidays are airlifted into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge as part of the annual Christmas Tree Drop. These dead trees will get a new life.

    Annual Christmas Tree Drop
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., American Alligator - USFWS, Aerial View - ©LA ANG, Egret - ©Tom Carlisle, Urban Refuge - Wade Hardy
Last Updated: Aug 14, 2015
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