Pocosin is an Native American meaning "swamp on a hill."
The pocosin habitat is a fire tolerant shrub/scrub complex with a pond pine overstory growing on organic soils with depths up to 12 feet.
The management is aimed at wetland (pocosin) restoration, enhancement and protection through hydrologic and plant restoration. The Pungo Unit is managed primarily for waterfowl.
Seasonally large concentrations of waterfowl, black bears, a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The red wolf is elusive and will probably not be seen.
Research is being conducted on wetland restoration and reforestation of wetland tree species primarily Atlantic white cedar, bald cypress and pond pine and monitoring the wildlife use on the research area. Waterfowl banding is being conducted for research on tundra swans and wood ducks.
Excellent hunting for deer, very good hunting for quail and rabbits, and opportunities for raccoons, ducks, opossums, woodcocks, squirrels, rails, snipes and fox. No black bear hunting on the refuge.
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Hydrology Restoration involves re-wetting peat soil that was ditched and drained years ago. This re-wetting raises the water table, creating better wildlife habitat, providing protection from catastrophic wildfires, and improving water quality. Take time to learn more!