- Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in October 1994, and is comprised of 12,000 acres of coastal marsh and pine forested wetlands. The acquisition boundary for the refuge includes 22,000 acres. The refuge is in an acquisition phase. The management objectives are to provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife species, with special emphases on migratory birds and endangered species. The Conservation Fund has donated over 10,000 acres to the Service from Richard King Mellon Foundation funds.
The refuge supports over 5,000 wintering waterfowl, including mallards, gadwall and Northern Pintails. The endangered red cockaded woodpecker and American bald eagle nest in the refuge's pine forests. Public use opportunities include deer hunting, fishing and interpretive tours.