Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge


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Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Address:HC 70 Box 200
Davis, WV 26260

Phone:304-637-7312
Web: www.fws.gov/canaanvalley
Established: 1994.
Location:Tucker County, West Virginia.
Facilities:Visitor center, trails.
Activities:Hiking, hunting, fishing, bicycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, educational programs.
Special Features:Drained by the Blackwater River and its tributaries, Canaan Valley comprises one of the largest freshwater wetlands in the Appalachians. The area contains 40 distinct plant communities with more than 580 plant species. These habitats support equally diverse wildlife populations--290 species of vertebrates have been observed.
Habitats: 15,245 acres including wet soils, forests, shrub lands, open lands. Eventually, the refuge will include 24,000 acres.
Access: Every day from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.
Wild life: American woodcock and many other migratory bird species. Also Cheat Mountain salamander (threatened) and northern Virginia flying squirrel (endangered), turtles, snakes, bats.

See other parks in West Virginia.
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1993 Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in West Virginia designated as nation's 500th refuge in the national system.
Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Station Management Plan for the new Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge will be made available to the public sometime within the next two weeks.
We believe we have taken a prudent course in addressing both the natural resource values of Canaan Valley and the very specific interests of the public," Lambertson concluded, "And we will continue to work with the public and all interested groups to assure that the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most important in the vast National Wildlife Refuge System.
Fish & Wildlife Service, which will use the land to expand the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Fish & Wildlife Service as part of the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
The Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest and most diverse freshwater wetland areas in central and southern Appalachia," Senator Byrd said.
In recent years it has begun selling tracts throughout the region, including nearly 12,000 acres to the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in 2002.
With the assistance of the West Virginia Non-Game Wildlife and Natural Heritage Program and the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the FWS prepared for the project by providing construction material (steel, acetylene, oxygen, welding rods, etc.