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We have established this set of web pages to provide detailed information about on-going and planned Refuge projects and activities.  Our goal is to be YOUR primary source of timely and accurate information about what's happening on this Refuge and why.  By policy, all our decisions and practices are based on best available science.  We are always available to answer your questions.

Please visit this page often for updates.  Please share this page with your friends.  If you hear about Refuge Projects or activities from another source, please come here to check the facts.  And, if there are concerns we have not addressed here, please send an email to pocosinlakes@fws.gov and tell us your concern or ask your questions.  We will work quickly to gather the information you want, send you the information directly, and share it on this site so accurate and timely information will be accessible to all.

Many recent concerns/questions relate to our Hydrology Restoration, so this page may answer all those questions!

  • September 2016- Peatlands Restoration Vital for Health and Safety

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     Peatland Restoration Vital to Health and Safety -  September 2016

    Tropical Storm Hermine dumped 6-10 inches of rain over Labor Day weekend in eastern North Carolina .  More heavy rains have arrived since and are forecasted in the coming days.  These rains cause impacts to lands, local infrastructure, and crops in Tyrrell, Hyde and Washington Counties.  Some of these farmed areas are adjacent to Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.  In the past year, this area has been forced to deal with intense wet periods that have dumped lots of rain on our communities in short, concentrated periods of time.  In fact, these intense rain events are becoming more the norm than the exception. After heavy rains , there is a persistent misunderstanding that is often expressed that refuge management actions compound flooding issues on these farms.  In fact, it’s normally just the opposite: learn more about how the Service’s water management helps wildlife and people.  

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  • 9-26-2016 Photo Release

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    When It Rain It Pours!

    Lately, in eastern North Carolina #NCRefuges, when it rains, it pours. And, it pours across the entire landscape. The huge amounts of rainfall we continue to receive in short periods of time are simply difficult for the landscape to handle. On Pocosin Lakes Refuge, we are restoring the natural hydrology - rewetting peat that is designed to be wet, so it can absorb rain more readily, provide huge benefits to wildlife, AND protect us from catastrophic wildfires.Learn More
  • TNC's Climate Change video

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    Great video produced by the Nature Conservancy promoting the climate mitigation benefits of peatland rewetting: 

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  • Zika Virus

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    We have had questions/comments about the Zika virus.  There is no record of Zika virus in North Carolina; however, you may follow up-to-date information about Zika at the National Center for Disease Control.

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  • Hydrology Restoration

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    Questions and answers and more detailed descriptions of the hydrology restoration program on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

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  • Resource Management

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    Summary information - Brief descriptions of the various types of habitat management on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

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  • Clayton Road Blocks Project Fact Sheet

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    We’ve been restoring hydrology in severely ditched/drained pocosin habitat on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge by stopping the artificial drainage of the peat soil through the ditch system. This work has been done primarily to improve habitat, reduce the frequency and intensity of wildfire and conserve soil. With only the current infrastructure in place, we can’t rewet the soil within 1/2 mile of our boundary because it could cause the adjacent private land to become wetter due to seepage. This might impact our neighbors. So this project will install a second dike and canal system just inside some of the existing dikes and canals located at the Refuge boundary, so any seepage would still remain on Refuge land. Approximately 2.5 miles of new dike will be built allowing us to rewet the soil in approximately 1,325 acres of Refuge lands without making the adjacent land wetter.

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  • 8-8-2016 Photo Release

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    Clayton Road Blocks Project Underway - Part 2        Water Control Structures are going in!

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  • 8-2-2016 Photo Release

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    Managing Water to Restore Wetlands and Reduce the Impacts of Wildland Fires - South Clayton Blocks Project is Underway

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  • 6-7-2016 Photo Release

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    Out with the Old; In with the New on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge  (setting back succession)

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  • 4-26-2016 Photo Release

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     Wetter peat means less ground fire, less smoke, and less cost - Comparison of Whipping Creek Fire to Evans Road Fire

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Last Updated: Sep 27, 2016
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