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    Lighthouse & Woodland Trails Closed

    Lighthouse & Woodland Trails and associated parking lots are closed until further notice.

    Beach Paving Updates (pdf 569KB)

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    Holiday Visitor Center Hours

    The Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center will be closed December 24 & 25 and January 1. The refuge remains open 6am-6pm.

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    Firearms Hunting Begins

    Starting Nov. 19, the Service Road will be closed to all access beyond D-Dike for our firearms hunt season. NO hunting Nov. 24-27.

    Refuge Trail Information

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    OSV Zone - OPEN

    South OSV Zone is COMPLETELY OPEN to all 4X4's (with a permit), pedestrians and horseback riding. North OSV zone is closed until March 15.

    OSV permit information (NPS website)

  • Hours

    Refuge Hours

    The refuge is open from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week. Visitor Center hours are 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week.

    Contact Info, Hours & Directions

REFUGE NEWSLETTER

Refuge Newsletter

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Read the latest updates from around the refuge!

August 2016 Newsletter (pdf 890KB)

CCP UPDATE

Final CCP Released

We are pleased to announce the release of the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Chincoteague and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuges (NWR). The 15-year management plan will guide refuge practices to achieve our wildlife conservation mission and to support public use on the refuge.

Chincoteague and Wallops Island NWRs Final CCP

CCP FACT SHEET

Summary Document Available

2016 Photo Contest Winner

You can now download a quick synopsis of the final comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) for Chincoteague and Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuges (NWR). This 15-year management plan will guide refuge practices to achieve our wildlife conservation mission and to support public use on the refuge.

Comprehensive Conservation Plan Fact Sheet (pdf - 550KB)

About the NWRS

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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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Around the Refuge

  • Seen any good birds lately?

    Wildlife Viewing

    We just added a recent bird sightings page to our website! The list shows data from eBird Trail Tracker which includes reported sightings over the last 14 days. Keep in mind reports come from all over the refuge so one species may be listed multiple times.

    Recent Bird Sightings
  • Beach Road Paving Updates

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    Woodland & Lighthouse Trails are closed to all access until further notice. The closure includes the parking lots for both trails. Additionally, visitors should expect intermittent one-lane closures along Beach Road. Please reduce your speed and obey temporary traffic signals. Biking to the beach? Please use Swan Cove Trail to access the beach safely. We apologize for any inconvenience during this time. Updates will be posted on our website throughout the project.

    Click to enlarge Paving Map & More info (pdf 904KB)
  • Tree Cutting Fall & Winter 2016

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    Southern pine beetle infestations on Chincoteague NWR have impacted roughly 218 acres of loblolly pine forest. Dead trees left behind increase public safety risks from standing snags and raises the potential for wildfire. Starting in September, contractors will be working around the refuge to cut down live trees infested with southern pine beetles (larger map provided via link below). Cutting will start South, near Bivalve Trail, and progress north in areas along Beach Road and up the Service Road. Cutting is expected to occur throughout the fall and winter. This project will reduce the spread of southern pine beetles in our maritime forests. You may hear loud noises such as chainsaw cutting throughout the refuge. Be aware of your surroundings and weather conditions, as high winds increase the danger of falling limbs. Periods of low humidity create dry conditions which could lead to forest fires. Maintain a safe distance from heavy equipment and always observe area closures, which we post on our website as they occur. Supplemental southern pine beetle information can be found in the fact sheet below or by visiting www.fs.fed.us/foresthealth.

    Southern Pine Beetle & cutting info (pdf 898KB)
  • 2016-2017 Hunt Information Available

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    The 2016-2017 Hunt Brochures and Applications are now available. Please email completed applications to FW5_ChincoHunt@fws.gov. Please refer to the trail section of our website to find closure/safety information for our visitors during the hunt season.

    Big Game & Waterfowl Hunting
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sunrise over Chincoteague - Jacqui Trump.
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2016
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