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The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society is the official non-profit support group for National Wildlife Refuges in Eastern North Carolina Information below was released by USFWS and is available on their website at #NCRefuges News 
National Wildlife Refuges in North Carolina
Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuge Complex - Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
100 Conservation Way (P. O. Box 1969)
Manteo, NC 27954

Contact Bonnie Strawser 252-473-1132 X 230 
or Steve Brumfield X 224
For Immediate Release
July 9, 2019
Photo Release: Pocosin Wildfire
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: USFWS

Caption: Because peat soils are made up of a lot of organic material, they can actually burn when they dry out. When they do, it’s called “ground fire” and several feet of ground elevation can be lost during a severe peatland fire like the 2008 Evans Road Fire that occurred on and around Pocosin Lakes Refuge - see how the ground is burning away from around the roots of this pine tree during that fire. Ditching and draining artificially dries out the peat and makes it more susceptible to catastrophic wildfire which is one of the main reasons managers have restored the hydrology on over 38,000 acres of pocosins that were extensively ditched and drained prior to the establishment of the refuge.

Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of six national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.