National Wildlife Refuge System

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Mingo National Wildlife Refuge

 

About Mingo National Wildlife Refuge

 

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge
Mingo National Wildlife Refuge

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, located in southeast Missouri, was established in 1944 as a resting and wintering area for migratory waterfowl. The 21,592-acre refuge primarily consists of bottomland hardwood forest and cypress-tupelo swamp habitat that serves as an important link in the Mississippi Flyway. Its location is shown in green in the map to the right.

Mallards, wood ducks, pintails, shovelers, Canada geese, and gadwalls are common in the area. Wild turkeys are often observed. Other wildlife includes deer, swamp rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, bobcats, coyotes, and foxes. The bottomland forest is dominated by oak, hickory, bald cypress, tupelo, swamp cottonwood, and button brush.

 

Refuge Area and Class I Designation

  • Congress designated 7,730 acres of Mingo National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, declaring that the area should remain undeveloped and "unimpaired" for future generations.
  • In 1977, Congress further acknowledged the uniqueness of Mingo Wilderness by naming it as a Class I air quality area As a wilderness area it is afforded special protection under the Clean Air Act.
  • Congress gave the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), as the Federal Land Manager (FLM) of Mingo Wilderness, the responsibility to protect the air quality and air quality related values (AQRVs) of the area from man-made air pollution.
  • The FWS and the State of Missouri are working cooperatively with industry, utilities, and other air pollution sources to control air pollutant emissions in order to protect Mingo.
  • If Mingo is not protected, unique wildlife and scenic values could be threatened or lost. The FWS hopes to preserve and protect this special area of wilderness for future generations.

 

Learn more about air quality at Mingo

 

The FWS has begun a program to better understand air pollution causes and effects at Mingo, in partnership with the national Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE) program. As part of this program, FWS operates a fine particle sampler that measures the pollutants in the air responsible for visibility impairment. Within this site are the resources to discover why air pollution poses a threat to Mingo NWR and what the FWS is doing to prevent the deterioration of air quality in this pristine area.

  • Learn the basics of air quality - Air Quality
  • Understand what are the air quality related values - AQRV
  • Learn about how air quality can affect natural and scenic resources - Impacts
  • Find real time monitoring data and studies being performed at the refuge - Studies & Monitoring

 

 

Addition Information:
Regional Air Quality Information (as provided by NPS)
Mingo NWR Website
Mingo NWR 300km Radius Map (PDF 499KB)

Last updated: March 4, 2013