Little Sandy National Wildlife Refuge was established under aand is closed to the public. It is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System and is managed for the benefit of wildlife and habitat. The bottomland hardwood forests of this refuge provide important habitat for resident, migrant and wintering birds. These habitats also shelter a host of other wildlife and fish species.
Unlike most National Wildlife Refuges, this refuge has no public access. Protected by a conservation easement, the land is privately owned but the habitat is protected from development by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The landowners voluntarily agreed to preserve the natural values of the property for conservation.
The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.
Everywas created for a special purpose. Some were created to protect migratory birds, others to protect threatened or endangered species or unique habitats, while others fulfill another special purpose. Refuges are special places where wildlife comes first. All activities allowed on refuges must be evaluated to make sure each activity will not conflict with the reason the refuge was founded. Little Sandy National Wildlife Refuge was founded to protect bottomland hardwood forests that provide important habitat for resident, migrant, and wintering birds.
April 17, 1907—3,009 acres of land are purchased and incorporated as Little Sandy Hunting and Fishing Club.
December 12, 1986—Afor Little Sandy Hunting and Fishing Club is accepted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is renamed Little Sandy National Wildlife Refuge.