- Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife RefugeIUCN Category IV (Habitat/Species Management Area) Location Calhoun County, Alabama, USA Nearest city Anniston, Alabama Coordinates Coordinates: Area 9,016 acres (36 km2) Established 2003 Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge is a 9,016-acre (36 km2) National Wildlife Refuge located in eastern Alabama, near Anniston, Alabama on the former site of Fort McClellan. It takes its name from some of the last remaining mountain longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) forests in the southeastern United States.
Approximately 3,000 acres (12 km2) of the refuge is open to the public during daylight hours. The remaining 6,000 acres (24 km2) will open after the clean-up of environmental contaminants has been completed. The facility has a small two person staff with a $250,000 annual budget. Future plans call for a budget of approximately $900,000 with a ten person staff. Mountain Longleaf NWR also administers the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge & Watercress Darter National Wildlife Refuge.
Mountain Longleaf NWR is located on the former military training lands of Fort McClellan. The mountains of the refuge, Choccolocco and the Talladega Mountains, are a part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the southernmost portions of the Appalachian Mountains.
Wildlife and protected species
Other than the mountain longleaf pine, other plant species warranting special attention include the white-fringeless orchid, an endangered species candidate, as well as 11 species of flora and 21 species of fauna which are considered rare.
Mountain Longleaf is a relatively new wildlife refuge and, as such, has not yet developed any sizable tourist facilities. A single information kiosk is located at the junction of Bain's Gap Road and Ridge Road South. Additionally, part of the reserve is closed to the general public, pending environmental cleanup. Otherwise, there are limited opportunities for hiking, photography, and wildlife observation at the refuge.
Protected Areas of Alabama FederalWilderness Areas State
Bladon Springs • Blue Springs • Buck's Pocket • Cathedral Caverns • Chattahoochee • Cheaha • Chewacla • Chickasaw • DeSoto • Florala • Frank Jackson • Gulf • Joe Wheeler • Lake Guntersville • Lake Lurleen • Lakepoint • Meaher • Monte Sano • Oak Mountain • Paul M. Grist • Rickwood Caverns • Roland Cooper • Wind Creek
Fayette • Geneva • Little River • Saint Stephens • Weogufka
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (web)
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