Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge - Illinois
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member snfromky
N 37° 43.169 W 089° 01.278
16S E 321852 N 4176614
Crab Orchard is one of the largest refuges with three lakes and approximately 43,660 acres of beautiful scenery.
Waymark Code: WMEV3
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 06/13/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
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Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge's 44,000 acres of land and water contain a wide diversity of flora and fauna. Major habitat types on the refuge include hardwood forest, agricultural land, grazing units, brushland, wetlands, and lakes.

The refuge provides significant resting areas for migratory birds utilizing the Mississippi Flyway. Wintering numbers of Canada Geese can peak at 200,000. A total of 700 plant species, 245 bird species, 33 mammal species, 63 fish species, and 44 reptile and amphibian species have been documented on the refuge. The western 24,000 acres of the refuge provide a wide range of recreational opportunities and also includea 4,050-acre wilderness area. The eastern portion, 20,000 acres, is a wildlife sanctuary, and public use is limited.

Annual visitation is approximately 1,000,000 visitors. Industrial activities on the refuge range from manufacturing and storage facilities to administrative offices. Many buildings now housing industries were used in the manufacturing of explosives during World War II, and they are still used for military ordnance production today. The concrete igloos built for munition storage are now leased to private industry for storage of many types of products.

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