About the Complex


Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Mattamuskeet, Swanquarter and Cedar Island Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location.  Refuges are grouped into a complex structure,  because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs.  Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.  In this Complex, only Mattamuskeet Refuge has Refuge Managers; these managers are responsible for all three refuges.

Other refuges in the Mattamuskeet Complex include:  Cedar Island and Swanquarter. Swanquarter is unstaffed.  Cedar Island has one firefighter assigned to the station.  The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.  Contact Mattamuskeet Refuge for more information.