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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
100 Conservation Way (P. O. Box 1969)
Manteo, NC 27954

Contact Bonnie Strawser 252-473-1132 X 230, Steve Brumfield 252-473-1132 X 224 or Sue Spry 252-429-3100
For Immediate Release
August 28, 2019
News Release: Mackay Island Refuge Announces Open Roads Days
Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge will “Open Roads” August 30 - September 2, 2019.

Contact: Mike Hoff (252) 429-3100 ext. 1

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge will “Open Roads”

Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge Manager Mike Hoff announced today that
“Open Roads” days will be held daily from sunrise to sunset on August 30 - September 2,
2019. The public will be able to drive some of the roads normally closed to vehicular
traffic around the refuge impoundments at the end of Mackay Island Road. Traffic must
proceed around the impoundments in a counter-clockwise direction as indicated by signs.
Access to the Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center will remain closed during this
Open Roads event. Due to the wet conditions seen recently in our area use caution when
parking on the road shoulders, as some historic pull-off areas are extremely soft. Other
activities may include hiking, bicycling, fishing, and wildlife observation and
photography. The refuge speed limit is 15 mph. The Open Roads area is located 6.2
miles south of the NC state line on Hwy. 615, Knotts Island, NC and is marked by a large
brown refuge sign. Knotts Island may be reached by traveling south on Princess Anne
Road from Virginia Beach, VA or by taking the free ferry from Currituck, NC.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting,
and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses more
than 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It
also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field
stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages
migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat
such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. The agency also oversees
the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and
hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.