Pea Island is managed as part of the North Carolina Coastal Plain National Wildlife Refuge 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.
Other refuges in the North Carolina Coastal Plain National Wildlife Refuge Complex include: Alligator River, Currituck, Mackay Island, Pocosin Lakes, and Roanoke River. The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Administrative Offices, located at the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island.
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Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is a tiny piece of barrier island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina... small in size, but huge in popularity among both wildlife and people!